Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 4:17 pm  |  16 responses

Michael Snaer At The Tournament Of Champions

The Seminole Coup D’etat.

Words by Justin Walsh

Florida State has baffled the ACC, as well as the rest of the country. Nobody thought FSU could convince Michael Snaer to come to Tallahassee. UCLA, Kansas, Marquette and many other higher thought of universities offered Snaer a full ride. Why would he bother going to FSU?

A year before, any other high major showed the slightest interest in Michael, Florida State had Snaer identified as a major target nationwide for 2009. Andy Enfield, Assistant at FSU, flew red-eyes galore from Florida to L.A. (as many as the NCAA legally allowed) to help sign the Rancho Verde SG.

Over the past summer, Michael shot up the rankings, from an under the radar, barely in the top-100 prospect, to being ranked No. 11 on the Rivals 150. Every high-major program recruited him, throwing their number in the metaphorical hat. Florida State won because they were loyal to Michael from the get-go. Because of that, Florida State has a great kid in their program to help build the Seminoles to a possible NCAA tournament birth, and Snaer will probably start from day one—he has all the tools to be one of the top scorers in the entire ACC during his college career. In other words, Cub Buenning will be evaluating him soon enough.

Justin Young, senior writer for Rivals’ Basketball Recruiting, deemed Snaer the best perimeter scorer in the 2009 recruiting class for the ACC. Snaer was also rated the best shooter in the ACC recruiting class. He won that distinction over the highly touted Dexter Strickland, a guard on his way to the equally highly touted UNC.

Here’s to Florida State leveling the playing field in the ACC with the help of Michael Snaer. Here’s to Snaer having the skills to be one of the rare leading scorers in the ACC not belonging to a Blue Devil, Tarheel or Demon Deacon roster. Here’s to Michael Snaer, being a key part in the Atlantic Coast Conference Recruiting Coup D’etat.

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  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Actually, I think, the leading scorer usually comes from a weaker team in the ACC because they rely on that what one player; whereas, Duke, UNC, and others have six or seven guys who can score.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    hmm, I was under the impression that outside of FSU having Al Thornton lead the ACC in scoring for a season, usually one of the big 3 holds that title. Players the likes of JJ Redick, Justin Grey, CP3, Tyler Hansbrough, Rashad McCants…Those players are who I think of. But obviously, there are others from smaller teams. But FSU has never gotten a recruiting class like this in recent memory.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Yeh, you are right; the top spot is usually held by a UNC kid or Duke one, but looking at the last five years, Miami, BC, FSU, Wake Forest all have had more guys in the top five. You are also right that we think of the larger programs when we think of the ACC. Thank ESPN for that.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    In the top five, sure. Miami had Guillermo Diaz, BC had/has Rice, FSU had Thornton, Wake had Gray and Paul, and Miami currently has McClinton…Wake has Teague of course, but I just mean the first thought, which you perfectly stated is the fault of ESPN. Tzvi T, you’re absolutely right. By the way, whatever happened to Guillermo Diaz? He just like fell off the face of the earth after getting drafted even though he had HOPS and a WET jumper. He was the WAY better version of McClinton offensively.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    He was on the Clipper for a minute; next I saw him playing in South America. Guess the League didn’t pan out for him. But the next Diaz is on Kansas State. You know the guy I’m talking about.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Which guy? I went to Kansas State for a while before transferring & know the whole team fairly well. Are we talking Pullen, Fred Brown, possibly Clemente (he can’t shoot like Diaz but is definitely fast enough)..Or are we talking future recruit for next year like Wally Judge, Ron McGruder or someone like that?

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Clemente. It’s probably an ethnic association that I’m making, but he is athletic as hell. Like you said, not as much a leaper but every bit as fast, this kid would be huge if he played last year with Walker and Beasley.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Yeah, he was a Miami transfer as well, wasn’t he? If he would have been on that team, wow KSU would have done well. Pullen could have gone to the off-guard, Clemente at the point…Oh goodness. Although, they would still be playing Beasley and Walker as the bigmen when they have no real big man size. People don’t remember that Beasley put up those numbers at a 4 when his TRUE position is the 3. They ran him in the post because Frank Martin had no size. Although, they do have a seven footer coming into the program soon, Jordan Henriquez from Chester NY

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Right, the program is headed in the right direction. Are you into the A10 at all? If so, check out Lavoy Allen on Temple. I am big on him. I also like Christmas (obviously), and Ahmad Nivins (also obvious compared to Allen).

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    I love Temple, they just need a little more depth on the roster, but I heard they have a decent recruiting class. I am a good sized A10 fan but truth be told I follow ALMOST every conference as much as I can. For instance, Steph Curry’s little brother isn’t the only scorer on his squad. Check Anthony Smith. Averaged 20 PPG last year. He’s the off guard on the squad. He’s a solid player. I think he could play overseas, maybe even be a D-league guy. He’s a dallas area product from Plano East, same school that produced Jimmy King of the fab five from Michigan

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Justin Walsh with the Jimmy King refrence. Very nice. This kid looks legit. I guess Von Wafer and Al Thornton do count as helping the recruiting process after all.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’m liking my man Walsh being in the mix!!!!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    thank you Eboy :) And yes B. Long, Jimmy King Dallas area (more specifically Collin County) product! Jimmy went to school literally a 5 minute drive from me. Great athlete with a ganja problem and not much offensive skill besides hops & a decent 3PT shot (doesn’t have midrange, doesn’t have much handle). Von only helps to a degree. To most HS recruits, Von is a bit of an obscure reference from a recruiting standpoint.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Just curious- what the hell happened to Eddie (Edwin?) Rio? That kid was awesome back in like 2005/6 and was going to Miami…what happened to that boy? brrrr.

  • http://yohooo.com own4g3

    yo homie

  • mattyp

    Eddie Rios is still at the U