Kentucky Mr. Basketball Quentin Snider, who missed this week’s Kentucky Junior-Senior All-Star scrimmages with an ankle injury, was cleared to play Thursday morning and will participate in the Kentucky seniors’ two-game series against Indiana, his father said.
Snider, a point guard from Ballard High who enrolled this month at the University of Louisville, practiced once last week with the Kentucky All-Stars but missed scrimmages on Monday and Wednesday night against juniors in Lexington.
His dad, Scott, wrote in a text message that Snider be available when Kentucky faces Indiana on Friday night at Transylvania University’s Beck Center in Lexington. The girls’ All-Stars tip off at 5:30 p.m., and the boys’ game will follow.
The teams will rematch on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
It’s still unclear whether Indiana will have its own Mr. Basketball in uniform this weekend.
Indianapolis Arsenal Tech power forward Trey Lyles, a McDonald’s All American and University of Kentucky signee, missed his state’s senior-junior scrimmages and has yet to be cleared to play while recovering from meningitis.
As for Snider, Kentucky coach Chris O’Hearn of Mason County said Wednesday night that he was hopeful that he would be available and that his presence would be a key to Kentucky’s chances against a high-powered Indiana team. Ballard forward Kelan Martin, a Butler University signee, said the All-Stars have been missing Snider’s leadership.
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