Quentin Snider: Evaluation

In a class that features uncertainty surrounding point guard depth, Snider's game generates sighs of relief.

Introduction

Maybe it's fitting that, in his first mention at the Scout.com national site, Quentin Snider appeared in a column also featuring Chane Behanan. At that time Behanan was a senior and Snider only a freshman, and of course both would go on to commit to Louisville.

Snider's recruitment escalated for another year, leading to an offer and immediate pledge to the Cardinals, and from that point forward he became a marked man on the grassroots circuit.

He developed at a steady pace, helping to lead the Louisville Magic to 16-under championships at the 2012 Adidas Invitational and Super 64. While generally not considered among the elite tier of point guards in the Class of 2014 — most notably including Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay — at all times he appeared to be a solid pickup for U-L.

He threatened to ascend even further at points during his junior season. He scored 36 points to lead Ballard past Madison Central in the semifinals of the King of the Bluegrass tournament in December, 2012.

But Louisville just kept getting guard commitments. The Cardinals beefed up their backcourt with the 2013 class and in June notched a win for blue-chip guard JaQuan Lyle. For his part, Snider remained a U-L pledge through the July live period, but at the conclusion of summer he opted to reopen his recruitment.

A long-time pledge who no longer was certain he'd be able to garner extensive early playing time, Snider backed off his commitment and mutually severed ties with the Cardinals.

The Class of 2014 doesn't boast extraordinary point guard depth, and in any case a top-30 prospect such as Snider who's new to the recruiting board will attract widespread interest.

His decision continues to ripple through the major college ranks. After announcing his de-commitment, he immediately gained offers from (deep breath) Minnesota, Marquette, West Virginia, USC, Loyola Marymount, Illinois, Connecticut, UCLA, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, with many more also joining the fray.

Assets

Snider employs a well-rounded style, but his fullcourt speed has increased visibly over the past year. He's able to race past taller players in the open floor and will be able to apply constant pressure to opponents in the transition game. He's faster than quick, but he also boasts an above-average first step and has no trouble bursting past his man.

He's also a good scorer, either pulling up for mid-range jump shots or hitting threes. He isn't prolific in the sense that he continuously attacks, but his opportunistic style works well given that he also must direct the offensive attack for his team.

To that end, he's a smart and effective passer who doesn't always dazzle but rather understands the importance of making the correct play.

Snider's defensive quickness also belongs in the plus column. With continued coaching and experience, he could become a disruptor both on the dribble and jumping the passing lanes.

Deficits

You'll read this criticism frequently pertaining to young players, and yes, Snider definitely must gain weight and strength. He's average in terms of height (6-1) for point guard but below-average for length and muscle, and he'll have to shore up the latter area for whichever program signs him.

Meanwhile, questions have lingered that he's more of a very good, complementary point guard rather than someone who can step on the pedal and drive a team. He has had games (including some cited in this column) that serve as a rebuttal, so the question is how his scoring output will translate to college.

Outlook

Snider may not have the size or exquisite athleticism to become a one- or two-year player who then ships out to the NBA, but he certainly could earn his way there after extended development.

For college, he'll be an outstanding scorer who also carries out official point guard functions with aplomb.

Many de-commitments result from a player not being able to contribute to the school he'd chosen — and that's especially true for early pledges who end up backing off — but Snider absolutely does not belong in that category. He's a legitimate backcourt weapon and is drawing appropriate recruiting interest from some big-time program. He'll provide an immediate boost to the program that signs him.


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