Pierce Getting Significant Interest

Satchel Pierce averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for Kiski Prep this past season.

Kiski Prep head coach Daryn Freedman says interest in center Satchel Pierce continues to grow.

After averaging 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks a game this past season, Freedmans says there's a number of schools that have come in. However, Pierce is about to gradually start taking some unofficial visits.

He's got a lot of mid-majors, a lot of high-majors interested," Freedman said. "Duke, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Marqutte. This spring, he's going to a couple tournaments. I know a lot of these schools are looking forward to seeing him in the summer."

Dayton, James Madison and Drexel are a few of these early unofficials he will take in the near future. Pierce will head to Dayton this week.

There's a lot to like about someone, who at 6-9, has the type of production he has. Freedman describes the type of player Pierce has been for him at Kiski, aside from the numbers he's produced.

"He has great hands, really good footwork on his post moves," Freedman added. "He's a good shot blocker, his timing is good."

Then there are the question marks. The biggest one, is that colleges have seen Pierce play this season. They obviously like what they see. How long, can he play at a high level, in terms of minutes a game.

"Everyone says the motor," Freedman said. "How long can he play at a high level, getting into college game shape. Towards the end of the season, middle of the season, we gave him some practice time off. No one is in the shape they need to be in right now, at the start of summer. That's what everyone's looking for."

Being a little over an hour from the Pittsburgh campus, Freedman says Pitt has been by the school. Moving to the ACC, also makes them stand out from Pierce's perspective.

"Pitt has been up a couple times," Freedman added. "They've been up three times to see him. Penn State has been in, too. Pitt wants to see him a little bit more, going to the ACC. I know Jamie (Dixon) wants to see him more."

As of now, Pierce has a couple of camps mapped out. He will head to an NBA Players Association Camp. He'll also participate locally at a Basketball Stars prospect camp at Slippery Rock, July 15-18, that is a certified NCAA coaches event.

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