New York forward, Illinois guard sign with W&M men's hoops

Nathan Knight, a 6-foot-9 forward from Syracuse, N.Y., and 6-6 guard Justin Pierce of Glen Ellyn, Ill. signed national letters of intent Wednesday to play men's basketball at William and Mary.

"Both young men are exceptional fits for our basketball program both on and off the court," W&M coach Tony Shaver said in a release. "They will provide us with a high degree of talent, skill level and versatility, along with the intangibles that have characterized our teams over the years. 

"Justin and Nathan are highly regarded, and have competed and excelled against some of the nation's best competition in AAU and high school basketball. They are both outstanding young men, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to continue their academic and basketball careers at William and Mary."

Knight, who had more than 30 Division I offers, averaged 14.1 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots a game as a high school senior and will play at a prep school in New Hampshire this season before joining the Tribe.

Pierce is ranked ninth in Illinois in the Class of 2016 by Prep Hoops Illinois and the No. 3 shooting guard after averaging 17.4 points, six rebounds and three assists last season as a junior.

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