2013 NIT Tournament: Not the Career-Ender That Florida State's Michael Snaer Saw Coming

By Paul Seaver
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Florida State senior Michael Snaer has had quiet the up and down collegiate career.

For starters, Snaer was a McDonald’s All-American out of high school, committed to the Seminoles and averaged 8.8 points per game in each of his first two seasons in Tallahassee. As a junior and senior, those numbers increased as Snaer became more of a leader for head coach Leonard Hamilton.

The 6-foot-5 guard was apart of a number of successful squads at Florida State, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons. As a senior however, the wheels came off for the Seminoles. Snaer averaged a career-high, but Florida State failed to make the Big Dance and instead earned a No. 4 seed within the NIT Tournament.

On Tuesday night, Florida State’s season came to a close and so too did Snaer’s career as a Seminole. It was fitting after the season that Florida State had that an upset at home was the way things came to an end. The Seminoles finished the season at 18-16 overall, but Snaer went out with a bang. The senior scored 24 points in his final collegiate game.

A true, four-year veteran, Snaer has had many memorable moments in a Florida State uniform. From the buzzer beaters to the big games, Snaer probably didn’t think his NCAA playing career would come to an end at home against Louisiana Tech.

Sometimes that’s how college basketball works.

For Snaer however, Tuesday night marked the end to a disappointing season, but also the end to a great collegiate career.


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