Gabe Levin to Marquette

Gabe LevinBy JOSH NEWMAN
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Marquette and first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski landed a key commitment from Loyola Marymount transfer Gabe Levin on Tuesday afternoon, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-7 native of Oak Park, Illinois chose the Golden Eagles over Northwestern and Notre Dame. Levin visited all three schools before making his decision.

Levin averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds last season as a freshman for the Lions, earning All-West Coast Conference freshman team honors as a result.

At the end of a 13-19 season, the school decided not to renew the contract of head coach Max Good. On March 12, LMU hired former St. John’s assistant and one-time Charlotte Bobcats head coach Mike Dunlap. Less than two months later, Levin announced his intentions to transfer.

Levin will sit out next season and will have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 season.

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Noskowiak Recruiting Ellenson to Marquette

By MATT JESSEN-HOWARD

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Nick Noskowiak, a 6-foot-2 point guard from 2015 Sun Prairie (WI)/Playground Elite, committed to Marquette during the spring of his sophomore year, before Marquette even had a player committed from the 2014 class.

At the time, Buzz Williams was the head coach of the Golden Eagles. He had been recruiting the true point guard for a long time, and Williams’s staff and Nowkowiak had built what seemed to be an unbreakable bond.

“The reason why I committed to Marquette in the first place was because of Buzz,” Noskowiak told SNY.tv in an exclusive interview at EYBL Session 4. “I really like a lot of other things about Marquette, but he was the main reason.” To read more of this story, click here

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

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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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