Update: Michael Snaer and Missouri

There's no lack of options for highly sought wing Michael Snaer of Rancho Verde High in Moreno Vally, Calif. Most of the PAC-10's top programs are recruiting him, in addition to several others outside of the region. Fortunately for Missouri – one of those others – Snaer is unconcerned with location and prestige, and he has ties with the MU staff that could pay big dividends.

Snaer, a dynamic 6-foot-5 junior whom some rank the No. 1 2009 shooting guard on the West Coast, has heavy interest from MU, California, Arizona, UCLA and UNLV. He's also chatted a bit with Kansas. His tie to MU's staff lies in the relationship between his AAU coach, Elvert Perry, and MU assistant Melvin Watkins. Perry sent prep star Antoine Wright to Watkins when the latter was Texas A&M's head coach.

"And he's playing in the NBA," Snaer said. "If coach Perry says Missouri is the best place for me, I'll go to Missouri."

Snaer recently capped a junior campaign during which the high-flying slasher and pure 3-point shooter averaged 19 points per game and led his school to its first ever sectional championship. Now that it's over with, he'll begin to pay far more thought to his recruitment; at this point, he's not even sure which schools have officially offered, though Mizzou certainly is one of them.

Cal and Washington are among the schools recruiting him the hardest, though he claims no favorites at this point.

"I won't be sure until I visit all of the schools," he said. "As long as they [match all of my criteria], then that's where I'll go. I just want to play. And I want to go to a good school and somewhere I can relate to people."

Snaer would like to make a commitment early in the summer, and said he plans to make his way back to Missouri this spring or early summer; he was in town last summer for Mizzou's elite camp and enjoyed himself. He's maintained since then that he's not worried about staying on the West Coast, nor is he focusing on how much success the respective schools are enjoying.

"It's quite different [from the West Coast], but it's a good feeling out there. It's different, but playing is playing," said Snaer, ranked No. 64 in the Class of ‘09. "[And] what they're doing this year really isn't all that important to me."

Snaer begins his AAU season next weekend and would like to continue to develop his all-around game. An intrepid worker and gifted athlete, he'll be a major pickup for whichever school eventually lands his signature. The next several months will determine whether or not Missouri could be that school.

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