Snider rising nationally

Snider rising nationally

Quentin Snider has been a highly touted local prospect since starring as a freshman at Ballard. With strong play on the AAU circuit, the 2014 Louisville commit has earned a lofty national ranking from Scout.com. Snider spoke with ITV about his spring play and new ranking.

Quentin Snider has been a highly touted local prospect since starring as a freshman at Ballard. With strong play on the AAU circuit, the 2014 Louisville commit has earned a lofty national ranking from Scout.com.

Considered one of the top players in the state, the 6'1 point guard has parlayed strong AAU performances in Las Vegas, Fort Wayne, Bloomington and the Kentucky State AAU's into a No. 27 ranking in Scout.com newly released 2014 class rankings. Though Snider is excited about his rapid ascent in the national rankings, he plans to continue improving this summer.

"I was kind of surprised," Snider said of his four-star rating. "Hard work pays off. I've just got to keep working and moving up. It's very exciting and I'm just glad to be ranked that high. I will keep working on my quickness and ball handling."

Snider credited his AAU coach Eliis Myles, a former Louisville player, with his development this spring.

"Ellis makes me work harder during practice and I feel like I've gotten stronger on the court," Snider said.

Since committing to Rick Pitino last September, Snider has added 20 pounds to his lanky frame. Snider said the additional strength has helped him finish better though contact.

"It's helped a lot," Snider said. "I've been in the weight room the whole time since my commitment. My sixth period class is weight lifting and I've been working hard in there. I'm at 167 right now. I've been eating a lot. After I lift I eat the whole time after I get home."

Pitino watched Snider play in Las Vegas last month and assistant Kevin Keatts told him the Cardinal coach liked what they saw.

"They said I played good and Coach Keatts told me to keep working hard basically," said Snider.

Snider has a busy summer planned with stops in at the Adidas Take Five in Indianapolis and Adidas Super 64 in Vegas.

"Snider's consistency throughout his sophomore season and during spring AAU ball was impressive," states Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, who says Snider is the best player in Kentucky. "Snider is a guy that you can trust to handle the lead guard duties. He makes great decisions, has learned how to set up teammates and is a tremendous long range shooter."

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