Many speculated that Pat Chambers would look to add a big man with his extra scholarship, and today he did exactly that. Satchel Pierce, a 21-year old, seven-foot center who played at Virginia Tech last season, will transfer to Penn State. He will sit out the 2016-17 season, but will have two years of eligibility for the Nittany Lions.
Pierce was recruited as a member of the Class of 2014 out of Saltsburg, PA and was a three-star prospect. He was the No. 7 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 23 center in the country, according to 247Sports. He originally chose the Hokies over the likes of Marquette, Pitt, Miami, and Seton Hall, but will now call the Bryce Jordan Center his home.
Last season, Pierce averaged 13.8 minutes per game, recording 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks on average. He only hit 48.1 percent of his shots, but hit 63.2 percent in limited time his freshman year. Pierce obviously has excellent size, and has some solid post moves to go with it. He's a decent rebounder and shot blocker who has yet to truly get the most out of his size. With a year to work with Penn State's staff and compete against players like Mike Watkins, Julian Moore, and Joe Hampton in practice, he could have major upside when he gets on the court in 2017.
Welcome to the family, Satchel!