October 1, 2007

The Weekly Spin: Snaer drumming up attention

There are thousands of college basketball prospects across the country that show up in Las Vegas every summer for a number of AAU Tournaments, and in every recruiting class, a handful of players rise to the top. One wing in the 2009 class, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde scorer Michael Snaer, wasted little time in showing that he was one of the best prospects in the country.

The No. 72 ranked prospect in the 2009 class, Snaer's game is perfect for the Pac-10. He can really score off the wing, both from the perimeter or attacking the basket. Our first impression of the 6-foot-5, 195-pound wing was that he is strong and consistent. But after watching him play, his perimeter game was one of the best we've seen on the AAU circuit. In fact, he didn't miss a three-point shot that we saw him take, and he took a handful. Playing with UCLA bound guard Malcolm Lee on a loaded Inland Empire team, Snaer was able to score often with consistency.

Just how did Snaer develop his outside stroke?

"It was something my high school coach really got on me about as a freshman," Snaer, who is about to be a junior, stated. "I just took the ball to the hole a lot when I was younger, because that's what my coaches always wanted me to do. And I like to score inside."

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