Weber Announces the Signing of Xavier Sneed
Weber Announces the Signing of Xavier Sneed
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standout Xavier Sneed (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) on the first day of the Fall National Signing Period on Wednesday.
A 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward, Sneed is considered one of the Top 150 prep players in the country, according to most recruiting services, ranking No. 92 in the Rivals150 and No. 140 by 247Sports. He is considered one of the top small forward prospects nationally, ranking No. 21 by Scout and No. 31 by 247Sports. He is also rated a Top 5 recruit in the state of Missouri, including No. 2 by Scout and No. 3 by 247Sports.
“We have had our attention on Xavier since we arrived here (in 2012) and (associate head coach) Chris (Lowery) has done a great job with his recruitment,” said Weber. “He is an elite athlete who has developed into a standout on both the football field and basketball court and would’ve been a high-level prospect in either sport. As a basketball player, he is a slasher who excels at not only driving to the rim, but has also developed into a very good 3-point shooter. Since giving up football, he has spent a considerable amount of time honing his basketball skills. He has tremendous upside and the ability to be a high-level defender.”
Sneed has helped Hazelwood Central to 46 wins the past two seasons, including back-to-back Suburban XII North titles, while he has enjoyed tremendous success playing for the St. Louis Eagles U17 team, which lost in the championship game of the 24-team Peach Jam Tournament this summer. The Peach Jam is the season-ending tournament for Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League. The Eagles, who count current NBA players Bradley Beal, Tyler Hansbrough, David Lee and Ben McLemore as alums, could produce as many as six Division I signees in 2016.
“Xavier is not only a great young man and student, but he comes from a great family,” said Weber. “He has had the opportunity to play for one of the best high school programs in the state of Missouri – Hazelwood Central – as well as one of the top AAU programs in the St. Louis Eagles. He is a tremendous addition to our basketball team.”
Sneed is the first St. Louis area signee since current junior D.J. Johnson (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) in 2012.
6-5 // 180 // SF
High School: Hazelwood Central (coached by Josh Martin)
AAU: St. Louis Eagles (coached by Corey Frazier)
Primary Recruiter: Chris Lowery
• A consensus Top 150 prospect by most recruiting services, ranking No. 92 in the 2016 Rivals150 and No. 140 by 247Sports… He is also among the top small forward prospects nationally, placing No. 21 by Scout and No. 31 by 247Sports… He is considered one of the Top 5 players in the state of Missouri.
• Led Hazelwood Central to 23-6 overall record and a No. 4 final St. Louis Post-Dispatch large school ranking in 2014-15… The Hawks shared the Suburban XII North title with a 3-2 mark and advanced to the Class 5 quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Chaminade.
• Named to the 2015 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 5 All-State team as a junior.
• Selected to the 2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro Third Team.
• Averaged a team-leading 18.7 points on 53.4 percent shooting (179-of-335), including 40.2 percent (49-of-122) from 3-point range, to go with 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game as a junior in 2014-15… Also connected on 76.8 percent (136-of-177) from the free throw line... Made 61 percent (130-of-213) from inside the 3-point arc… Played in all 29 games.
• Ranked among the Top 25 in the St. Louis area in scoring (543 points) and was in the Top 30 in free throw percentage.
• Led the team in scoring, field goals made and attempted, 3-point field goals, free throws made, attempted and percentage and steals, while he was third in rebounding, offensive rebounds and blocks.
• Averaged a team-leading 23 points in league-only games on 61.5 percent (40-of-65) shooting from the field, including 50 percent (12-of-24) from 3-point range, to go with 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists per game.
• Averaged 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game as a sophomore in 2013-14… Ranked first in rebounding, second in steals and third in scoring and blocks.
• Also a standout wide receiver on the football team, where he helped the Hawks post a 23-2 combined record in 2013 and 2014… Tallied 38 catches for 717 yards and seven touchdowns as the team’s top wide receiver as a junior in 2014, in which, the Hawks posted an 11-1 record and 5-0 mark in conference play… Ranked third in total yards (717) and fourth in points (44)… Posted three 100-yard receiving games, including 151 yards vs. McCluer North (9/27/2014) on just four catches.
• Did not play football as a senior in 2015 to fully concentrate on basketball.
• Played for the elite St. Louis Eagles U17 squad this past summer, which lost in the championship game of the Peach Jam… Averaged 6.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 17 games.
Hazelwood Central Head Coach Josh Martin:
“I’m very excited for everyone involved. Xavier is going to great place with great tradition under an excellent coach in Bruce Weber. Coach Weber and his staff did a great job in recruiting him from the start. K-State is getting a high-level athlete who brings energy every night. He can do a lot of different things from attacking the rim to shooting the 3. What makes him special is that he can make shots and finish at the rim. He is also a high-level defender. I know he is very excited to be a Wildcat.”
St. Louis Eagles Head Coach Corey Frazier:
“For him to come as far as he has and know that he has so much more to go, the feeling is high for Xavier. His biggest upside is his all-around game; he can defend, he can shoot the ball. K-State is getting a really good player. Right now, his strengths are on defense. He can guard any position one through four. He has great instincts to get to a position before the offensive player, and when he doesn’t there, he has great recovery skills. His 3-point ball improved so much over the summer. He already has pro athleticism.”