High School Basketball

Suitors line up for Ballard's Quentin Snider after decommitment from Cards

The No. 1 high school basketball player in the state has spent quite a bit of time on the telephone over the past few days.

Ballard point guard Quentin Snider unexpectedly decommitted from the University of Louisville last week. In the days that followed, dozens of schools reached out to the nationally rated prospect. His father told the Herald-Leader that the calls are just now starting to taper off.

"We're just getting phone calls from lots of different teams and he's trying to talk to as many coaches as he can when he's able to answer those calls," Scott Snider said Thursday. "It's slowed down the last couple of days, but the first two or three days we were just getting calls non-stop."

Many of those calls came with scholarship offers.

As of Thursday afternoon, Snider had offers from Illinois, Loyola Marymount, Marquette, Memphis, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal, Texas A&M, UCLA, UConn, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.

The immediate interest wasn't a surprise. Snider is considered one of the best point guards in the country and is rated the No. 29 overall prospect in the class by Scout.com.

Indiana is one of the other schools that has reached out to the Sniders, though the Hoosiers have yet to extend an offer.

Scott Snider said the IU staff wants Quentin to visit, and that the family will likely do that sometime in the next month. He said unofficial visits to nearby Cincinnati and Xavier were also possibilities.

Three schools that the Sniders have not heard from are U of L, Kentucky and Ohio State.

Scott Snider noted that Quentin originally committed to the Cards two years ago. Since then, point guard Terry Rozier reclassified to 2013 and U of L added junior college point guard Chris Jones. The Cards also have a commitment from five-star 2014 guard JaQuan Lyle.

"It just seemed like it was getting really crowded, and he wanted to go someplace where he could play early," the elder Snider said.

Ohio State has been mentioned by some as a possible landing spot. The Buckeyes already have a commitment from fellow Louisville native D'Angelo Russell, one of Snider's friends and former AAU teammates.

But Scott Snider said he expects OSU to play Russell at the point guard position and hasn't heard from anyone at the school.

"I don't think they're going to reach out," he said.

UK has already offered point guards Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay for the class of 2014.

The Sniders haven't heard from Kentucky, but the player's father said they were open to all comers and a commitment from one of those two players wouldn't necessarily deter future interest in the Cats.

"It's not so much just one guard being there — it's when you've got four or five guards there," Scott Snider said. "And Mudiay is probably a one-and-done, so that wouldn't be an issue."