Category: Latest News Written by Scott Burgess
Illinois landed a commitment from 2014 Louisville Ballard (KY) point guard Quentin Snider on Thursday night. The top 40 prospect nationally announced his decision at a news conference.
“Where I am going to go is the University of Illinois.”
Snider says that Illinois Head Coach John Groce played a major factor in his decision.
“What I like about Illinois is Coach Groce. He is a real good guy. When I talked to him he seemed real trust worthy. When I talked to the players about him they said everything he says is true. That is what I like about him. He is a good man and good family man. That is why I am going to go there.”
The senior said that he and Groce share something in common which he felt was a connection between the coach and point guard.
“He is a very humble guy. When I talk to him he always talks about a chip on his shoulder. That is what I have. A chip on my shoulder. The thing about him is he is just a real good guy to be around.”
What is Snider looking at as far as playing time as a freshman?
“Basically I don’t know. I have to bust my tail at practice. I have a good situation. The style of play is real fast and a lot of pick and rolls like we do at Ballard. A four out, one in type of style.”
Illini incoming transfer Aaron Cosby and Snider are good friends. The guard said they discussed playing together.
“Talking with Aaron he basically helped me out with the recruiting. He tried to get me to come there. It is going to be real nice for me and him to come up there and play with each other.”
Snider will be joining Champaign Centennial power forward Michael Finke and Memphis White Station (TN) power forward Leron Black in the 2014 recruiting class for Illinois. He is familiar with Black’s game from their time playing at Super Soph Camp.
“Me and Leron Black played back at (Super) sophomore camp in Atlanta. He is a real good player. We played against him in AAU. Me and him will be a good dynamic duo.”
He is glad to be done with the process and have a lot of weight lifted off his shoulders with the constant calls from coaches and media.
“It is a lot of weight. When I decommitted we were in Virginia Beach. We had dumb calls. A lot of calls! I just wanted to get it over with and make my decision.”
“I was thinking about going into the spring, but it was getting on my nerves and I wanted to just do what was best for me.”
UCLA was his other finalist and Snider says he was close to committing to the Bruins before even visiting Illinois.
“When I went up to UCLA it was a beautiful campus. Real nice down there. To be honest right after I got off the UCLA visit I wanted to commit, but I wanted to take another visit. With Illinois it just seemed perfect for me.”