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Illinois strikes twice in a short amount of time. The Illini have landed a commitment from Louisville Ballard (KY) 2014 point guard Quentin Snider.
The former Louisville commitment decommitted shortly after the July evaluation period and schools from coast-to-coast then jumped in on the talented lead guard. Illinois was one of the first schools to offer Snider a scholarship.
His recruitment ultimately came down to a battle between UCLA and Illinois. The Bruins took the first shot with an official visit out to their campus. Shortly after Snider and his family changed his unofficial visit to Illinois that was originally scheduled for late September to an official visit the weekend of September 6-8.
Illinois Head Coach John Groce landed the first in-home visit with Snider on September 9 and ultimately the commitment of the talented point guard.
What kind of player are the Illini getting? Snider is a top 40 prospect nationally that consistently got better throughout his career and excelled in every setting whether it was high school, with his AAU team the Louisville Magic, or at national camps.
Snider is a well-rounded floor general that plays with a high basketball IQ and is always under control. The senior is a plus passer that knows when to get the ball to his hot hand. He excels at getting in the lane, drawing defenders, and finding open shooters. The Louisville Magic star pushes it in transition and is a threat to score at the hoop, pull up, and dish it off for a dime.
He does a great job of balancing when to get others involved and when to take over a game with his scoring. Snider has a quick first step which allows him to get by his man. Defenses can’t stay off of him though because his perimeter shooting might be his best asset. He is a plus mid-range shooter and is sniper from three as well.
The Illini now have a three-man class that consists of Snider, power forward Michael Finke (Champaign Centennial), and recently committed power forward Leron Black (Memphis White Station, TN). One big fish is left in 2014 for the Big 10 program and that is Chicago Curie star Cliff Alexander.