6-foot-7 wing Justin Pierce has been a pretty dynamic player for William & Mary over the last two years. He’s set to finish his college career elsewhere.
Pierce has been an All-CAA performer for the Tribe for two seasons. He followed a 14.7 point/8.6 rebound sophomore year with a 14.9 point/8.9 rebound season this year.
While his shooting numbers were down, he raised his assists from 2.4 to 4.1 per game.
Naturally, there is plenty of interest in him since his announcement.
— Justin Pierce (@JustinPierce23) March 15, 2019
Pierce’s full note:
“If you would’ve told me in high schools that I would be able to graduate in 3 years at the age of 20, while being a 2 x All Conference player on the court, I definitely wouldn’t have believed you. Thanks to William & Mary, that is my reality. I am fortunate to be able to graduate this May with a BBA in Finance from one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. In my 3 years as a member of the Tribe, I have made lifelong friends in the form of my teammates and have grown as a person and as a player. I would like to say thank you to Coach Holmes for always believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. Coach Shaver, thank you for the opportunity of a lifetime to put on the Tribe uniform, lead as a captain, and play in fron of the most loyal fan base around. With that being said, I will begin exploring opportunities for my last collegiate season as a graduate student. William & Mary will always be home, and I will be a proud alum, repping the Green and Gold. #GoTribe”
Since the announcement, college hoops insiders have identified a bunch of prominent schools that have reached out to Justin Pierce.
Both Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello have lengthy lists.
Since I tweeted this out two hours ago, Justin Pierce has heard from AZ, ND, Ohio St., NW, Illinois, BC, Stanford, USC, Michigan, Wisconsin., Butler, Gonzaga, Ga Tech, DePaul, Nevada and Ole Miss.
Safe to say he’ll be a highly sought-after grad transfer. https://t.co/HoqaYWmGGU
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 16, 2019
Schools to reach out to William & Mary grad transfer Justin Pierce:
Texas, Florida, Michigan, Zags, Arizona, Ohio St, Wiscy, Notre Dame, USC, Nevada, NC State, VTech, Purdue, KState, TCU, Stanford, Xavier, Ole Miss, Creighton, Butler, Illinois, Utah, GTech, DePaul, N’Western, BC
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 16, 2019
To consolidate things, here are all of those schools by conference:
ACC: Boston College, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
Big East: Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Xavier
Big Ten: Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin
Big 12: Kansas State, TCU, Texas
Mountain West: Nevada
Pac-12: Arizona, Stanford, USC, Utah
SEC: Florida, Ole Miss
So there are a ton of options, and no real indication as of yet who may stand out from this group. Either way, expect to see Pierce on a pretty major roster next season.