Snaer / Defensive All-American

By: FSU Sports Information
By: FSU Sports Information

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


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