Today one of the more notable college basketball publications came out with their preseason All-American list and Florida State's very own Michael Snaer was on the first team.
Snaer has been on an absolutely mercurial rise since about midway through last season when he began hitting clutch shots, carrying the offense and turning the heads of opposing coaches like Roy Williams and Coach K.
After winning ACC Tourney MVP honors last year, Snaer made a tough choice to return for his senior season. Now he hopes that he can lead Florida State to a national title in hoops.
The guys at Blue Ribbon clearly think Snaer is at that elite level too.
Snaer was named to Blue Ribbon’s First Team All-America team along with center Cody Zeller of Indiana, forward Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State, forward Doug McDermott of Creighton and guard Peyton Siva of Louisville.
“I have always thought of All-American awards as team awards,” said Snaer through a Florida State press release.
“Because without a great coaching staff and great teammates that make-up a program, no player can believe that he can be an All-American by himself. Coach Hamilton and his staff have put our team in position to reach goals that we have only dreamed of during our careers. This is a great honor but this is a new season and we have to work harder than we ever have before to reach our goals because the goals we have set are higher than they have ever been.”
As I wrote about on Monday, in Michael Snaer's eyes it's National title or bust. And he wants to be at the center of that effort.
“This is a tremendous honor for Michael,” said head coach Leonard Hamilton in the same press release. “Michael is the leader of a core group of veterans on our team that will need to lead a young and inexperienced group of players this season. Michael had a great season as a junior, he is our most experienced returner and his leadership is going to be invaluable to our younger players during the upcoming season. We have improved each season with Michael on our team and we expect that improvement to continue this season.”
Like I mentioned, I just sat down with Michael on Monday, he's focused and poised for big things in 2012-13 (you can read all about it on this blog). I'm sure this won't be the last honor to come his way before the start of the season, during and after it, but this is definitely a distinction worth acknowledging.
Snaer told ESPN he thinks he's the best 2-guard in the country last weekend, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook agrees.
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