LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Ballard point guard Quentin Snider says he was ready to commit to UCLA after his visit recently, but after a subsequent talk with Illinois---and some internet research---Snider figured Illinois was the right choice.
"To be honest, I never watched Illinois play before. What I did, I just looked them up on YouTube. I was looking up players like Brandon Paul, who was there last year. Tracy Abrams and (D.J.) Richardson, I was just looking up their style of play, and I just rolled with that," said Snider.
Snider is a Kentucky Mr. Basketball candidate and rated as one of the top 10 point guards in the nation, according to Scout.com. He originally committed to Louisville, but an influx of guards into the Cardinal program led to second thoughts.
"For me, I gotta do what's best for me," he said. "I didn't know my role if I was going to Louisville, so that's why I made my decision."
He announced his final decision Thursday night at Ballard. It was a low-key news conference in the lobby of the gymnasium while a volleyball game was being played inside. No grand gestures or variety of branded hats in front of him…just him, his coach Chris Renner and his AAU coach, former U of L Cardinal Ellis Myles. A humble event for a humble player.
"When we talked (Thursday) afternoon about doing this (news conference), he didn't want to do it," said Ballard High School coach Chris Renner. "The reason is, he wanted to go work out. So that just goes to show the kind of humbleness that he has. He's not looking for the limelight and at the same time, he wants to get better."
Snider says he liked the approach of his future head coach, John Groce, who led the Fighting Illini to a 23-13 record and a second round NCAA appearance.
"When I talked to him, he seemed real trustworthy. When I talk to the players about him, they say everything he said is just true," said Snider. "He always talked about a chip on his shoulder, and that's what I have is a chip on my shoulder."
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