Big news for local stars Russell, Snider

2014 stars D'Angelo Russell (Central) and Quentin Snider (Ballard) visited Louisville Wednesday and received big news from Rick Pitino's program in the past 24 hours. spoke with both players following their visit and has the scoop.

D'Angelo Russell and Quentin Snider are the next great players out of the city of Louisville.

The rising sophomores played for former Louisville standout Ellis Myles this summer and led the Louisville Magic to titles at the Adidas Invitational and Kentucky Hoopfest.

Wednesday, Russell, an athletic 6'3 guard from Central, and Snyder, a 6'1 point guard from Ballard, made an unofficial to Louisville. Rick Pitino offered Russell a scholarship Tuesday night, then offered Snyder during the visit.

Quentin Snider
"The visit went very well," Russell's father told "It was very nice. We were very impressed. Louisville is off the chain. I can't find words to describe the experience and what they could offer the kids if they came."

"It's a blessing (to get an offer) from my hometown (team) and the visit was off the chain, like my dad said," D'Angelo Russell said. "The facilities all together were nice. They had practice and we watched that for a second and we went to the basketball dorms. All the coaches are nice, cool."

Russell, who also holds an offer from Xavier, keeps in touch with current Louisville players Russ Smith and Mark Jackson. Those two have talked to him about what it's like to play for Pitino.

"They say he brings the best out of you – if you want to play at the next level, he brings it out of you," Russell said.

After watching Louisville practice, and touring Minardi Hall and the Yum! Center with Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, the Cardinals coach surprised Snider with a scholarship offer.

"I love Louisville," Snider said. "I would love playing there. I love the coaching staff. When they (offered) I was very surprised. To me it's a big offer to play in the Big East. It carries a lot of weight because I've been a Louisville fan all my life."

"It's a big-time offer, he's always been a Louisville fan," Scott Snider, Quentin's father, told "So I told him we'll talk to Coach (Chris) Renner, and go home and talk his mom and go from there."

A savvy floor leader with a deadly three-point shot, Snider, a long and lean guard, possesses great floor vision and has a great understanding of the game.

"I've got to continue to work and get stronger," Snider said. "I felt like I had a good summer. I feel like I get my teammates involved."

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