'09 Cali Guard 'Snaers' Mizzou Hoops Offer

Rising junior guard Michael Snaer has received most of his attention on the West Coast, drawing heavy interest from schools such as UCLA and USC. But Snaer also has connections to Mizzou. So the athletic 6-5 guard from Rancho Verde (Calif.) High traveled to Columbia this weekend for MU's Elite Camp and performed so well he left town with a scholarship offer from head coach Mike Anderson.

"I like the staff and the program a lot," said Snaer, who averaged around 15 points per game as a sophomore.

Snaer said he wasn't so sure about the Midwest, but agreed to enroll in MU's camp because Team Inland Reebok coach Elvert Perry has a good relationship with MU assistant Melvin Watkins and head coach Mike Anderson.

"But now that I got out here and seen what it's like, I like it," Snaer said.

"He's a relatively sheltered kid who always said he wanted to stay on the West Coast, but over the next few years he's going to get a chance to see a lot of places and I think that'll open up some for him," Rancho Verde coach Travis Showalter said.

In a game that also featured St. Louis star Scott Suggs – perhaps MU's top target for '08 – Snaer was one of the best players on the floor. He's quite muscular for his age, effortlessly leaps above the rim and handles and defends well.

"He's a great athlete, has a great body and size and plays hard all of the time. He's really worked hard on his skill level too. His skill level is high for a kid that big," Showalter said.

He averaged 15 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore and has gone from being under many peoples' radar to establishing a major reputation.

"He was one of the 60 or 65 kids invited to Reebok U., so people are obviously beginning to hear about him," Showalter said. "USC offered him as a freshman, though I'm not sure [where that stands]. They're still recruiting him but they've offered a lot of players … Ben Howland [of UCLA] came out to see him during the open period, Arizona is recruiting him, and San Diego State."

Snaer is nowhere neat making a decision yet, since he's still months from being a junior. But he's beginning to seriously evaluate his options, and the MU staff appears to have made an impression on both he and his coach.

"I told him to go wherever he can play. I think Missouri has as good of a chance as UCLA does," Perry said.

Snaer nodded and agreed.

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