Louisville Basketball: Quentin Snider Will Lead Immediately

By Gregory Philson
Rick Pitino
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The Louisville Cardinals‘ 2014 recruiting class is considered one of the best in the country, and having landed point guard Quentin Snider is one of the main reasons. Snider is a top-five prospect at his position, but could actually be worth more than that because of the way he will fit into coach Rick Pitino‘s system.

Snider is the definition of a true point guard. He thinks about passing first and scouts feel he is a great passer. This will be on display early as the Cardinals have a lot of talent coming in and will still have Montrezl Harrell to get the ball to. Snider will benefit from the talent around him and could become a better player than he already is because of how free he can be with the ball.

He is a tremendous ball-handler and can be trusted to mid-range jumpers. Snider will force teams to guard him closely because of his shooting, and this will give him the opportunity to drive to the basket and score on layups or find open shooters around the perimeter.

Snider’s main problem is his size. He is very thin and may get thrown around and roughed up by bigger guards. This will be Louisville’s first season in the ACC and with the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils having great classes coming in, it could be a three-horse race for the regular season championship.

Snider may not be a flashy player who will put up big scoring numbers, but he could be the exact point guard that can give Louisville a legitimate shot at a deep run in next season’s NCAA tournament.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.



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