Snaer Set to visit Marquette

Michael Snaer wants to be the best player in the entire nation, and he has the desire and work ethic to make it happen. Snaer is taking a few final visits before making the decison that will impact his life, and someone's basketball program.

Michael Snaer knows what he wants and he is doing everything that he can to make it happen. "My goal is to become one of the best players in the nation. It is something that I have been working for, and I have been working as hard as I can to get there."

The 6'4 guard had a successful summer on the AAU circuit playing for Inland Reebok, and did improve his national ranking. He has climbed up to # 22 in the Scout.com rankings and #11 in the Rivals.com rankings, a huge jump, but that wasn't enough for Snaer. "The summer started out very well, but then I had a setback. I feel like I turned it around and finished real well, but you have to be 100% to achieve your goals."

Snaer's work ethic and desire keep him in the gym, but he's not alone in this quest. "My teammates work with me every day. I think they look up to me, but they know where I want to go and they work with me and give it to me every day. They know what they think I can be and they are doing everything to help me, and our team, get better."

Off the court the Moreno Valley (CA) native is a lot like other teenagers, he likes to go to movies, hang out, the usual things, what makes him different is that he isn't ‘off the court' very often. "If I am not in the gym, I am either in class or doing my school work. I try to keep a strict schedule – my schedule is everywhere. I have a copy at home, another in my backpack, in my car, even my girl has one. I have workouts in the morning, after school, in the evening and also a night session. I am determined to get where I want to be."

When it comes to his game, Snaer has some strong opinions there as well. "The strongest parts of my game are my ability to learn and my work ethic, and that doesn't just apply to basketball, it applies to everything. I don't feel I have a weakness, and I really don't like to use that word. I feel every part of my game is strong. With that, I know that I also need to improve in each area. There is always work you can do, and always room to become better, with rebounding, shooting, passing, ball handling, getting stronger – there is always work to do."

When it comes to the recruiting side of the game, Snaer relies heavily on his coaches. My AAU coach (Elvert "Kool-Aid" Perry) and my high school coach (Travis Showalter) have been great, working with me, giving me the positives and negatives of each school. In the end it will be my decision, but their advice has really helped me, they are keeping me level headed."

At this point in the recruitment Snaer is down to five schools, Florida State, Kansas, Marquette, Missouri and UCLA, and continues to take his visits. "I have been to all but one. I really like them all. I really want to get a feel for their academics, the atmosphere and the campus."

This weekend he will be visiting Marquette University and Milwaukee. "I am really excited about this trip. I have been there before, but I really want to see more of it. I want to see it all, the campus, the area, everything. They give it to you straight there, and they work really, really hard. It should be fun."

So, when will he decide? When he is ready. "I want to finish my visits, and after that I will take some time to decide. I am in no hurry. This is the biggest decision of my life. When I really feel it – I'll know. I won't decide until I know in my heart that it is right. I want to go where they can develop me, get the most out of me and where they will help me get to the next level. When I get that feeling – I'll make that decision."


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