Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton signed a great class in 2008 when players like Chris Singleton and Xavier Gibson became Seminoles. Today FSU landed another national standout as 5-star shooting guard Michael Snaer signed with the Noles. The decision to go to college across the nation led some of those close to the Rancho Verde, CA star confused. For Snaer he knew the decision was the best for him for some time.
"A lot of people were surprised by the decision I made," said Scout.com's 5th best shooting guard for the 2009 recruiting class. "People were telling me to go other places like UCLA and Kansas, but I knew for a while that I wanted to sing with Florida State."
Snaer is known as a silky smooth shooter who's deadly from everywhere on the court. The explosive Snaer is a big time scorer who also knows how to make an impact on the defensive side of the court. While every program that pursued him told him they'd help develop those skills further, it was the coaches at FSU that Snaer felt where the ones who could get that done.
"Something always stood out about FSU to me throughout the process," explained Snaer. "After the official visit they took the lead for me. All of the coaches told me they'd help make me a better dribbler, defender and shooter. With the coaches at FSU I felt the support there was the best fit. The coaches there I felt I fit with best. Coach (Stan) Jones, Coach (Corey) Williams and Coach (Andy) Enfield are all young coaches. I felt that when they told me they'd make be a better shooter, they would. I believed them when they told me they'd make me a better dribbler. The way they presented all of that to me was better than any of all the other coaches did."
Three coaches really stood out to Michael from FSU. Coach Hamilton, Coach Williams and Coach Enfield all made an impact on Snaer as they recruited him.
"I got along with all the coaches that recruited me but Coach Hamilton, Coach Williams and Coach Enfield really stood out," expressed Snaer. Coach Hamilton from the start told me that I could come in and play guard or forward…it's didn't matter. What he told me was that he wasn't just going to give it to me, but that I had to earn my spot. I really liked that. They want to make me a more complete player. With the experience they have from the NBA, especially with Coach Hamilton, they know what it takes to get to that level. I feel like they can get me there."
Let's be honest; Florida State usually doesn't beat programs like UCLA, Kansas, Marquette and Missouri for recruits unless it's on the gridiron. Snaer told NoleDigest that he knew for sure about 3 weeks ago that he was going to sign with the Noles.
"I knew for sure about 3 weeks ago," said Snaer, "because that was when I finished all of my visits. After my visit to FSU I compared all of the other ones to them (FSU). No one else was able to match them. I'm going to call all the other schools and thank them for recruiting me. I liked all 5 of the schools I considered. I got along very well with the coaches and players at UCLA and Missouri. Marquette and Kansas both are great schools with great tradition. But in the end I felt like no one could match FSU in the way they could develop me. They are in a great conference, and it's going to be nice going up against guys at Duke and North Carolina."
Snaer is going to bring skills to FSU's perimeter that they haven't had for some time. One word that Snaer uses with FSU is change. By that he means that he intends on using his skills to help the Noles climb to the top of the ACC.
"One word describes what I want to do at FSU," stated Snaer, "and that's change. I want to come in there and be a guy who helps them turn things around. I want to be a guy who makes a tradition of his own. We are going to start something there. The coaches have been putting together a great team so the future there is great. We will contend there."
The change in rules by the NBA last year changed the landscape of the college game. Before 2008 the majority of all the top-flight basketball players were taking their games straight to the league. With the rule that a player must be at least a year removed from high school players now must look at college as a viable option. For a player with Michael's skills the NBA may be option a year from now.
"I've always wanted to go to college even when the rule wasn't there," stated Snaer. "I could definitely see myself being a one and done player, though, if my game evolves like it should. It's possible but I want to experience the college life, too. Right now I am not thinking about that. If the option is there it will be something I'll think about."
Snaer says that he plans to major in Psychology at FSU, and he plans on making a visit to FSU sometime in the future with his family. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track Snear's senior season as he hopes to be a McDonald's All-American this year.