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Michael Snaer: Florida State’s Shooting Specialist Taking Form

Melina Vastola USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Michael Snaer was the man for the Florida State Seminoles. During the 2011-2012 season, he hit a couple of  game-winning shots against the Duke Blue Devils (Jan. 21st, 2012), and the Virginia Tech Hokies (Feb. 16th, 2012). This season, Snaer has “snaered” the Clemson Tigers (Jan. 24th, 2013) and the Maryland Terrapins (Jan. 24th, 2013).

Snaer’s career numbers are at 13.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game. He has a 40.4% field goal percentage, 38.8% three-point percentage, and a 79.3% free throw percentage. This output is decent for any other player, but not someone at the Snaer’s caliber.

I expected for Snaer to do even better after what Florida State accomplished in 2012. Last season, Florida State beat a star-studded North Carolina Tar Heels‘ squad to win the 2012 ACC Tournament. Now, Snaer has plateaued. Possibly, he needs more playing time. In fact, Florida State has 11 players who play at least 10 minutes a game.

Last year, he shared the ball with Deividas Dulkys, Xavier Gibson, Bernard James, Luke Loucks, and Okaro White. Florida State had a veteran team with established leadership. Now, Snaer plays alongside White (was a role player last season), Terry Whisnant II (a sophomore with limited playing time last season), and Terrance Shannon (a junior with limited playing time last season). This is the core for Florida State.

This season, he has practically the same numbers but he is playing along with slightly, less talented players. Now, Snaer is the stand-alone leader for this year’s squad. It seems like Snaer is coming into his own right now, similar to last season.

In order for Florida State to earn a bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Snaer has to be in “beast mode” every game. This includes having the ball in his hand constantly and firing away from the perimeter – his specialty.