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By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Florida State @ Wake Forest

Wake Wins 71-46

Box Score

Michael Snaer (6’5”, G, SR)


36 min, 4-13 FG, 1-5 3pt, 4-5 FT, 5 reb, 2 assists, 3 TO, 2 steals, 13 TP

Florida State struggled to score the ball today as they came into today’s game winners of 2 of their last 3. Snaer, however, has not struggled to score the ball. Although he did struggle shooting today, he still led FSU in scoring and also helped on the boards, grabbing 5 rebounds. Snaer is a solid all-around scorer, not just a catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter. He uses his size and strength to score and create space off the bounce. Also showed the ability to change speeds and directions off the dribble drive-Had several creative finishes at the rim. Doesn’t waste his dribbles or over dribble. Everything he does is with a purpose.  Michael is a good shooter off the catch and can also shoot it off the dribble using on the ball and off the ball screens very effectively as he does a great job of moving off the ball and setting his man up. He has good shooting mechanics and shoots a straight ball. Terrific FT shooter- good mechanics, excellent rotation and arc. Is shooting over 80% from the line this season.

Unselfish player who is willing and able to play within the system-team player. I was impressed with his passing ability and ability to see the floor in the half-court off the dribble drive.

Solid defender who does a nice job of staying between his man and the basket and is in the right position to help on the drive- jumps to the ball. Always aware of where his man is and where the ball is. Plays just as hard on the defensive side of the ball as he does on the offensive side.

Snaer has a high basketball IQ and good court instincts. I like the fact that he played hard even when his team was losing- competed on the defensive end and kept a positive attitude. He is the vocal leader on the floor- talks and communicates. Huddles the players together and an extension of the coach on the floor. Great poise- doesn’t get rattled, even when his team is losing.

Struggled to score over longer and more athletic defenders. Lack of athleticism and speed is a concern. Got his shot blocked more then once. His ball handling isn’t bad for being a 2G, but he didn’t look extremely comfortable handling the ball with pressure.

I thought he should have been more aggressive looking for his shot and to score this game, especially in the first half. I don’t see him being a big scoring threat at the next level. I question whether his jump shot is NBA level at this point or if he can hit the NBA three. Just didn’t do anything this game to make you say Wow! Doesn’t do any one thing extremely well or anything that is NBA level.

The one word to describe his game is solid. He doesn’t do anything really flashy- plays in the system and does not force the issue. He understands the game and knows his limitations. He has had an excellent career and has already surpassed 1,000 career pts earlier in the year.

Came into today’s game ranked first in the ACC in game-winning, buzzer-beating shots, fifth in FT %, fifth in 3pt % (39%), and 12th in scoring (13.9 ppg).

All-though some draft websites have him pegged as a second round pick in this years draft, I see him more as a D-League guy, who goes undrafted. He would be a good option for the right team for a 10-day call-up. He would be a true professional in my opinion and you know he will work hard and not complain. Even though he struggled shooting the 3 today, he has a nice stroke and could become a corner three specialist who also works hard on the defensive end.

James Blackburn is the Director of Scouting for Basketball Elite and shares his reports with several NBA teams. You can follow James on Twitter right this second.