March 11, 2012

Snaer named ACC tournament MVP

ATLANTA-- After playing suffocating defense against Duke in the semifinals, and knocking down four three-pointers in the ACC Championship game against North Carolina, there was no question that the week in Atlanta belonged to Florida State guard Michael Snaer.

In the 85-82 win over UNC, Snaer finished the game with 18 points, shot 4 of 5 from behind the arc as he was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Snaer averaged 18 points per game in the tournament and always seemed to come up with the big shot when his team needed it most.

"He's gotten to the point now that all his hours in the gym are paying off," FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said. "It gives him a certain level of confidence. Normally as the games get tougher and the challenges get bigger is when he becomes more focused and contributes more."

Snaer opened up the tournament with 20 points against Miami, then played stifling defense along the perimeter in the semifinals to go along with his 16 points, and then closed out the week by coming out on fire against the Tar Heels in the title game.

On Saturday Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said Snaer is one of the best competitors the league has to offer. UNC head coach Roy Williams shared similar sentiments on Sunday.

"Michael Snaer is as good a leader and as good a player as there is in our league at times," Williams said. "He sort of backs off and lets other guys do it sometimes but he is a big time player."

Williams could only watch in the first half as Snaer scored 15 of his 18 points, connecting on all three of his three-point shots.

"The shots were just falling I wasn't thinking about it," Snaer said. "Every time I got a little bit of room I just let if fly."

Throughout the week Snaer's teammates all raved bout the Moreno Valley, Calif. native's competitiveness. Hamilton said his desire to win, not only helped FSU acheve its first ever ACC title, but forces the team to get better each and every practice.

"I think he's always set a tone and a standard by which all our other perimeter players have been judged," Hamilton said. "I mean he energizes them, he competes everyday, he enjoys competing and that means that in practice you get better.

As FSU celebrated on the floor of Philips Arena, posing for pictures with its recently earned hardware Snaer delivered a simple message to his teammates.

"We're not done yet."

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