Mar 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Marquette Golden Eagles head coach Buzz Williams coaches against the Xavier Musketeers during the first half of a game in the second round of the Big East college basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Satchel Pierce Will Get Early Playing Time

The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a lot of roster turnover this offseason in the first offseason with head coach Buzz Williams. The Hokies recently announced their schedule for the fall in what is definitely a weak non-conference schedule with only somewhat tough competition against Penn State, at West Virginia, and at the Cancun Challenge.

This type of schedule should also give Buzz Williams plenty of time to figure out who deserves the most playing time outside of Joey Van Zegeren and Devin Wilson this fall. The newcomers for the Hokies should have plenty of opportunities and there is one player who will have a great opportunity due to lack of depth.

Satchel Pierce is the only pure center that the Hokies seem to have as Joey Van Zegeren has the versatility to play center but is probably a better fit as a power forward. Pierce will get the chance to get a lot of playing time and develop next to an experienced big man in Van Zegeren.

Pierce flipped his commitment from Marquette to the Hokies and is a guy that Buzz Williams seem to have a very good relationship with. Pierce has the chance to earn a starting job if he can be solid though Williams is known for being versatile and could go with a smaller lineup with Van Zegeren as the only pure post player.

Satchel Pierce’s size has helped give him a big opportunity to earn playing time and it is up to him to seize the opportunity and earn a starting job full-time.

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