GREENSBORO, N.C. (seminoles.com) – Florida State senior Michael Snaer, who led the Seminoles to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his career, has been named to the 2013 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American team sponsored by CollegeInsider.com. It marks the fourth consecutive season that at least one Seminole has earned the award; Snaer joins 2012 honoree Bernard James, 2010 and 2011 honoree Chris Singleton and 2010 honoree Solomon Alabi, and makes Florida State the only program in the nation to have at least one player named to the Defensive All-American team in each of the last four seasons.
Snaer, a two-time All-ACC selection (second team in 2012 and third team in 2013), was named to the All-ACC Defensive team for the second consecutive season in 2013. He finished tied for the team lead with 33 steals and fourth on the team with 15 blocked shots and was one of two Seminoles with at least 30 steals and at least 15 blocked shots this past season.
Snaer averaged a team-leading and career-high 14.8 points and a team leading and career-high 2.5 assists per game in leading the Seminoles to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season in 2013. He made what is believed to a national record of six game-winning buzzer beating baskets (including four as a senior) during his career at Florida State.
Snaer was considered to be the top perimeter defender and top two-way player in the ACC by coaches and players during his career.
“Michael Snaer is probably the best two-way player in the ACC,” said Ryan Anderson of Boston College during the 2013 season. “The way he plays defense, he's the top perimeter defender in the ACC. Then combined with his ability to shoot the ball from the 3 and getting to the paint and making plays; it's amazing how great of shape he's in and his ability to dominate the game on both ends of the floor."
Florida State led the ACC in blocked shots for the fourth consecutive season in 2013. The Seminoles blocked an ACC-high 172 shots (twice as many at Boston College) for an ACC leading 5.1 blocked shots per game average.
The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.
The 2013 Lefty Driesell award will be presented to the nation's top defensive player on April 5 at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
Seminoles’ Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Selections
2013 Michael Snaer
2012 Bernard James
2011 Chris Singleton
2010 Chris Singleton, Solomon Alabi
2013 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American Team
Michael Snaer 6-5 Senior Florida State
Khem Birch 6-9 Freshman UNLV
Tommy Brenton 6-5 Senior Stony Brook
Will Cherry 6-1 Senior Montana
Ian Clark 6-3 Senior Belmont
Aaron Craft 6-2 Junior Ohio State
Gorgui Dieng 6-11 Junior Louisville
Jontel Evans 5-11 Sophomore Virginia
Shane Larkin 5-11 Sophomore Miami
Zeke Marshall 7-0 Senior Akron
Chris Obekpa 6-9 Freshman St. John’s
Victor Oladipo 6-5 Junior Indiana
Trevor Releford 6-0 Junior Alabama
Andre Roberson 6-7 Junior Colorado
Durand Scott 6-5 Senior Miami
Marcus Smart 6-4 Freshman Oklahoma State
D.J. Stephens 6-5 Senior Marquette
Darius Theus 6-3 Senior Virginia Commonwealth
Julian Washbrun 6-7 Sophomore UTEP
Jeff Withey 7-0 Senior Kansas