Snider excited to play with future teammates

Kentucky's Mr. Basketball Quentin Snider began practicing on Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic where he will team up with fellow future Cardinals Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku. Cardinal Authority has this report.

Following a recruiting process that saw Louisville Ballard product Quentin Snider decommit from Louisville, only to re-up his decision to become a Cardinal after nearly pledging to Illinois, the four-star point guard is focused on his future.

On Wednesday he began practicing for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic alongside a pair of his future teammates Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku in preparations for Saturday nights event.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," Snider said.

For Snider, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, the goal is to get the big men involved and excite the crowd.

"I want to try to get the crowd into it by throwing lobs to Jaylen and Onaku," he explained. "That's what they like. Louisville action type stuff.

"I'm pretty much pumped, because it's going to be a lot of fun to be in college playing with them."

As a senior, Snider averaged 21.9 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals a game. He completed his high school career by establishing new Ballard records for points and assists.

"I'm excited to playing for my home city. It's a big thing for the city, for those that are Louisville fans. It's going to be a lot of fun."

He was also quick to express his excitement about the recent news that both Montrezl Harrell and Chris Jones will be back on the Cardinals roster next season.

"It's a big thing, I'm excited about it that, especially Montrezl and also what I can learn from Chris Jones."

To prepare for the college level, Snider has been spending time working in the gym and weight room in preparation of the more "physical and faster" college game.

"I have to be ready," he said.

However, first up is the Derby Classic at Freedom Hall on Saturday night. The event has seen a handful of incoming Cardinals do something unique, such as kiss the Cardinal logo on the floor or carrying a U of L flag, during player introductions.

On Wednesday while meeting the media, a smiling Snider hinted that he's considering doing something special for the Cardinal fans when he is introduced.

"I'm still thinking about what I'm going to do."

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