Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-17 Stats (Louisville): 12.4 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 4.1 APG, 37.3 3P%
Why They Are Here?
Even though he missed some time last year due to a hip injury, Quentin Snider was an impact player in the Louisville backcourt along with Donovan Mitchell, the 13th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. Mitchell’s departure from Louisville leaves a void in the Louisville backcourt, but an opportunity for Snider in his final year at Louisville. With players like Damion Lee and Terry Rozier from the past few years, Snider was really never able to showcase his abilities other than being a passing guard. Last season, Snider was second on the team in scoring with 12.4 PPG and was one of their most effective and reliable 3-point shooters. This season, Quentin Snider will have lots of young talent surrounding him and will not only step into a leadership role for the Cardinals, but may end up being their best player in the backcourt at the end of the year.
Role on This Year’s Team
Being one of two of the seniors on this year’s Louisville team, Quentin Snider will have to be the leader and captain of the Cardinals this season. Snider will be relied upon to have the ball in his hands late in the shot clock, be ready to take the last shot of the half/game, and will have to handle the pressure of being the leader of the young Cardinals. Do not expect Snider to play like Mitchell did last season, but do expect him to take more shots and control the pace of the game offensively for Louisville. He is not an explosive guard, but is a consistent passer and clutch shooter that can help make some of Louisville’s players better. Expect to see Quentin Snider step into the biggest role he has ever had on the basketball court this year and expect Snider to be one of the biggest X-factors on this year’s Louisville squad.
College Season/NBA Prospect
Quentin Snider has already proved himself as a scorer and has shown he can be the featured point guard for Louisville, but he has not taken that big step to be a leader on the court and be a true threat on both ends. This year, Snider has a huge opportunity to prove himself and take that step Louisville needs him to take. With Donovan Mitchell gone, Snider has a shot to not only lead the Cardinals in scoring, but be one of the best two-way guards in the ACC. Expect Quentin Snider to continue being a sharpshooter from the wing, but also expect to see him be an even better passer than he has been in past seasons. From an NBA Draft standpoint, Snider is not really on any NBA personnel radars right now, but could see his stock rise similar to how P.J. Dozier’s stock rose this past season. Dozier took a huge step this past season for South Carolina, and was a big part of them making the Final Four in this past year’s NCAA Tournament. If Snider can step up for Louisville, he will definitely draw the attention of NBA personnel and may be given an opportunity to prove himself more during the NBA Summer League, but being slightly undersized and being older than other guards that will be in the draft, Snider may not be looked at a lot come draft time next June. Quentin Snider will definitely hold a big role for Louisville this season and could be one of the X-factors to help them make a run in the tournament!
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