As the top player on the state’s top team and a University of Louisville signee, Ballard’s Quentin Snider may well be the city’s most analyzed high school basketball player.
And even though Snider has enjoyed a strong senior season, Ballard coach Chris Renner said it has included a few bumps.
“I do think that mentally there have been a lot of things grinding on Quentin this year, and at times it was tough for him to enjoy the season,” Renner said. “From being a potential McDonald’s All American to figuring out where he was going to school and all the expectations for our team, there were a lot of stressors.”
But now that the regular season is complete, Renner said, Snider and his teammates are enjoying the postseason and the chase for a state title.
Snider also can enjoy being named the Seventh Region Player of the Year for the second straight season. He dominated the balloting by the region’s coaches, receiving 11 votes. No other player received more than one.
Pleasure Ridge Park’s Lamontray Harris was named Sixth Region Player of the Year after receiving nine votes. Doss’ Montrell Little and Fairdale’s Cory Thomas got three apiece.
Snider, a 6-foot-1 guard, is averaging 22.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals for a Ballard team that is 26-5 and No. 1 in The Courier-Journal’s Litkenhous Ratings. The Bruins will face Eastern at 7 p.m. Friday in the 28th District final.
It’s been a season full of significant achievements for Snider, who passed Allan Houston as Ballard’s all-time leading scorer and also became the school’s career leader in assists. He’s one of seven finalists for Mr. Basketball, along with teammate Kelan Martin.
“His scoring has improved, his rebounding has improved, his assists have improved, his defense has improved and his leadership has improved,” Renner said of Snider. “He’s deserving of any accolades he receives.”
Harris, a 6-7 senior, is averaging 20.8 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals for No. 9 PRP (22-7), which will face Fairdale at 7 p.m. Friday in the 21st District final. He was named MVP of the Louisville Invitational Tournament after helping the Panthers beat Ballard 81-73 in overtime in the final.
PRP coach Dale Mabrey said Xavier and Western Kentucky are the biggest schools showing interest in Harris.
“He’s been our mainstay all year, our go-to guy,” Mabrey said. “He’s done whatever we’ve needed him to do. … If we’re fortunate enough to go further in the tournament, it’s going to be on his shoulders.”