Michael Snaer has been named one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS award, given to the senior who excels the most both on and off the court as a player and a community leader. Snaer, who is the unquestioned leader of Florida State's men's team, has received loads of accolades and distinctions this pre-season.
From being selected a preseason All-American by various publications, to telling ESPN he thinks he's the best two-guard in the country, Snaer enters 2012-13 with arguably the highest profile any FSU basketball player has had in years. Maybe ever.
On Wednesday, Snaer received yet another honor when he was nominated as a finalist for the CLASS award. Per a Florida State press release:
"TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Michael Snaer, who led Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championship and who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award – an award that focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A total of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court have been selected as candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta April 6.
Snaer is one of three players from the ACC to be named to the prestigious list. He is joined by C.J. Harris of Wake Forest and Mason Plumlee of Duke and is the only player from a school in the state of Florida named to the list."
Snaer and his teammates kick their season off in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic at the end of next week.
For his part, Snaer seems poised to capitalize on the preseason hype. With the departure of six seniors, FSU has revamped what it does offensively and will feature a much more potent scoring attack than in years past.
“It’s so much better because it plays much more to our strengths," said Snaer. "We’ve got a lot of guards who can get into the lane and score, it plays to our strengths a lot more, I’m excited about it, I’m happy about the changes we made.”
Time will tell if they help Snaer live up to the billing...