Basketball tips off across the Bluegrass next Tuesday and Ballard High School will field one of the state’s most electric squads.
The Bruins return a talented bloc from last season’s 29-4 team that fell to Eastern in the Seventh Region semifinal. Junior forward Cam Lewis (8.6 points per game) is back along with Lavonne Holland (9.6 ppg) and 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Kelan Martin (7.7 ppg, 4.1 rebounds per game).
Connecting the dots for the Bruins will be 6-foot sophomore point guard Quentin Snider, who coach Chris Renner said “has the chance to be one of the top players to ever come out of Ballard.”
Snider, who has already committed to the University of Louisville, averaged 12.7 points per game last season and made nearly 40 percent of his three-point attempts.
“He’s just got a tremendous feel for where to pass it, when to pass it, when to shoot and when not to shoot,” said Renner, who is entering his 14th season at Ballard. “That understanding is what separates him from most guards.”
Last week Snider took a break from pre-season preparation to discuss his commitment to U of L and his hopes for the upcoming year.
How did you decide on U of L?
I like the coaching staff. They teach a lot. I went to one of their practices and every mistake they make, the coaches tell them what they should do better. And I like the Yum! Center. I was excited when I committed.
Will it be challenging to play your next three years of high school ball under the watchful eyes of Cards fans?
I think it’s a good thing because I like playing in front of big crowds and I don’t feel any pressure. I like the fan support.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I eat two chicken and cheese burritos and fiesta potatoes from Taco Bell and I just listen to my iPod. Meek Mill is my favorite artist.
Are there any pro point guards you emulate when you are on the court?
I model my game after Kemba Walker (former Connecticut guard, now with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats) because he pretty much carried his team to the championship last season. Coach Renner wants me to talk more and improve my leadership and that’s what I’m trying to do.
My personal goal is to get more assists and set up my teammates because we can shoot the three real good. I also want to improve my rebounding and defense and get more deflections
Tell me about your family.
I’ve got a 13-year-old brother named Cameron. He’s a shooting guard at Ramsey (Middle). We play in the driveway sometimes, but he won’t let me teach him anything. He gets mad.
My mom’s name is Tonda and my dad, Scott, taught me basketball. When I was 7 or 8, he would take me to Charlie Vettiner Park around 7 a.m. and we’d get done around 10 a.m. We did ballhandling drills and all of that.
What do you do outside of basketball?
I pretty much hang around the neighborhood or go to the movies and hang out with my friends. My favorite TV show is SportsCenter.
I like to draw if I get bored. I just doodle things in my head.
Any games circled on your calendar this season?
I want to play Eastern. They beat us three times last year and I want to get revenge. And I want Trinity because that’s the team that everybody is going after and we want to go after them too. I feel confident.
Snider and the Bruins open their season at home against Scott County on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity senior Brad Lott has signed a national letter-of-intent to play lacrosse at Michigan. The All-American tallied 23 goals and 18 assists last season as a junior and was recently named the top faceoff man in the nation by ESPN High School.
Lott, who won 71 percent of his faceoffs last season, has also been ranked as the No. 15 overall player nationally by ESPN.
Other Trinity signees: John Fahy became the first Shamrock wrestler to go Division I when he signed with Illinois. This winter, the senior will seek his fourth-straight KHSAA state title.
Basketball players Nathan Dieudonne (Boston University), Charles Foster (Morehead State) and Troy Saxton (Alabama-Huntsville) all inked letters-of-intent to play at the next level.
Dieudonne racked up 11.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a junior, while Foster averaged 11.4 points and dished 92 assists.
Saxton recorded just 51 turnovers as the starting point guard last season while averaging 9.9 points a game.
Christian Academy signees: Swimmer Allison Rogers (Miami of Ohio); and in softball Allison Foster (Bellarmine).
Mercy senior Sarah Katz has signed to play volleyball at American University.
Contact columnist Chris Cahill at email@example.com.
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