After Marquette Decommitment, Shayok Considering Several Options

NEW YORK -- After decommitting from Marquette in the wake of the coaching change, Marial Shayok is considering several options going forward.

“I’m still considering Marquette, still trying to see how I feel about the new coach. Virginia, Indiana and I’m getting some interest from Florida and Michigan,” the 6-foot-7 Shayok told SNY.tv after going for 12 points as the Away team lost to the Home team, 102-99, in the Jordan Regional Game at Barclays Center.

Shayok, out of Blair (N.J.) Academy and the CIA Bounce AAU outfit, has no visits planned, but hopes to decide soon. The late signing period runs April 16-May 21. To read more of this story, click here

Ahmed Hill Decommits from Marquette

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Ahmed Hill has decommitted from Marquette, and has reopened his recruitment.

The No. 60 ranked player in the class of 2014 by 247Sports put out a tweet with a note explaining the reasoning behind his decision to decommit from Marquette.

Hill previously held offers from Marquette, Missouri, Clemson, UConn, Florida, Florida State, UGA, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Indiana, Miami, BlYdG7ICQAAxkDhMississippi State, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Texas, Villanova, Virginia Tech, VCU, Tennessee and South Carolina before he pulled the trigger for Marquette.

Blair (N.J.) Academy wing Marial Shayok also decommitted from Marquette and remains open.

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Marial Shayok Gets Release From Marquette, Holds Offers

Blair Academy wing Marial Shayok has received his release from Marquette and holds offers from several schools.

The 6-foot-6 Canadian wing received an offer from Indiana on Thursday, Blair coach Joe Mantegna Tweeted.

Shayok also holds offers from Rutgers, Virginia, Michigan and Marquette, Mantegna told SNY.tv. But Makur Shayok, Marial’s father, told SNY.tv that no schools had reached out directly to him or his son. To read more of this story, click here

Marquette Hires Duke’s Wojo

Marquette has hired Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski as its new basketball coach.

Coach Wojo has worked with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for 19 years, including 15 as an assistant.

He is the second high-profile Coach K assistant to leave in the last two years, following Chris Collins, who took the Northwestern job.

Wojo, 37, replaces Buzz Williams, who resigned March 21 for the Virginia Tech job.

Marquette also reportedly interviewed VCU’s Shaka Smart and Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin. To read more of this story, click here

Smart Turns Down Marquette; Recruits in Limbo

ShakaShaka Smart turned down an offer to be the next coach at Marquette, according to a report from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.com.

This despite the fact that TV reports in Milwaukee had Smart as a done deal to Marquette to replace Buzz Williams just a couple days ago.

Williams reportedly took a big pay cut to leave Marquette for Virginia Tech last week.

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Green Bay coach Brian Wardle remain on the list at Marquette, according to Parrish’s report and sources. To read more of this story, click here

Satchel Pierce to Marquette

Satchel Pierce, a 7-foot center from the Kiski (Pa.) School, completed Friday’s whirlwind recruiting day by picking Marquette over Miami and Pittsburgh.

“He’s improved a lot in the last year,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski told SNY.tv. “He’s more of a halfcourt center. He’s not that mobile, but he has good hands, good skills.”

Pierce joins shooting guards Ahmed Hill and Sandy Cohen and small forwards Marial Shayok and Malek Harris in Marquette’s 2014 class.

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Marial Shayok to Marquette

Blair Academy wing Marial Shayok is headed to Marquette.

The 6-foot-6 Canadian wing also considered Providence and Virginia but announced for the Golden Eagles Thursday night on Twitter.

“I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be playing for @TeamCoachBuzz at Marquette.Thanks to all family, friends and coaches@CoachMantegna”

“It was a great fit,” Shayok told SNY.tv. “It’s a great fit for development and the relationship with the staff is great. I appreciate every school that recruited me.”

As for what skillset he will bring, Shayok said, “I will bring versatility and I’m able to play multiple positions.” To read more of this story, click here

Ahmed Hill to Marquette

Ahmed Hill has committed to Marquette following his weekend visit for MIdnight Madness.

“Thanks to all the fans an coaches that have supported me through this process it’s been a great run, but I have committed to Marquette!!,” he Tweeted.

Hill is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas who also considered MIssouri. He cancelled a visit to Indiana.

He is ranked No. 69 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.

Hill joins shooting guard Sandy Cohen and small forward Malek Harris in Marquette’s 2014 class.

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Marquette Hosts Big Recruiting Weekend (UPDATED)

Marquette has a big recruiting weekend as they host a trio of 2014 recruits in Marial Shayok, Ahmed Hill and Tory Miller for Midnight Madness.

The the 6-foot-6 Shayok out of Blair (N.J.) Academy has already visited Virginia and Providence, and could decide next week, Blair coach Joe Mantegna told SNY.tv.

As for Marquette, Shayok told SNY.tv last month: “[Coach Buzz Williams] was telling me more about the opportunity of coming to Marquette and how it could possibly make me a pro since they’ve gotten players not even in the top 100 to the NBA. Eight I believe and that played at my position, so he was saying I could possibly be the ninth one, so that was good.”

Hill is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Augusta (Ga.) Aquinas who visits Marquette this weekend and then Missouri Nov. 1. He recently announced he would not be visiting Indiana last weekend. To read more of this story, click here

Buzz Williams Honors Brayden Carr

BuzzHACKENSACK, N.J. — Buzz Williams was one of several coaches on hand Friday for the Brayden Carr Coaches’ Clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson University, but he chose to honor Brayden in his own special way.

The Marquette coach made up his own shirt with pictures of Brayden on it and wore it during his portion of the clinic.

“We didn’t know he had it on when he took his sweat top off today and when we saw it it was really touching,” Jimmy Carr told SNY.tv. “My wife and I really appreciate all Buzz is doing. He was great, he spent a lot of time with a lot of people. And that shirt meant the world to us, the extra thought that he gave into the clinic.”

Said Williams: “It was my way of honoring their family.”

Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Bobcats, Nets assistant Lawrence Frank, former NBA coach John Lucas, ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg and Arizona coach Sean Miller also spoke at the clinic. To read more of this story, click here