Williams leaves Marquette, which has top recruits

 Posted by at 6:12 PM on March 21, 2014
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Buzz Williams made a surprising move Friday, leaving Marquette to take the head coaching job at Virginia Tech.

Williams led the Golden Eagles to five consecutive NCAA Tournaments before missing out on the Big Dance for the first time this season. He also leaves behind a highly rated recruiting class for 2014.

Shooting guards Ahmed Hill and Sandy Cohen are both considered Top 100 national prospects. That will be a position of need for UK in the case that Andrew and Aaron Harrison leave after this season for the NBA Draft.

UK was not involved in the recruitment of either player before they committed to Marquette, but the Cats could show interest if they ask for a release from their letter of intent.

Hill — a Georgia native — had scholarship offers from Florida, Kansas, UConn, Indiana, Villanova, Texas and several other top schools before picking Marquette. The 6-foot-4 recruit is ranked as high as No. 54 in the class — by ESPN.

Cohen — a Green Bay, Wis., native — had offers from Memphis, Minnesota, Creighton, Gonzaga and others before his commitment last July. The 6-5 prospect is ranked No. 72 overall and was an AAU teammate of five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who has committed to UNLV.

Marquette also had commitments from four-star small forward Malek Harris, three-star forward Marial Shayok and three-star center Satchel Pierce.

UK has signed two guards for next season — Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker. If the Harrison twins and James Young declare for the NBA Draft, that would make Dominique Hawkins the only returning scholarship player in the backcourt.


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