Monday afternoon small foward Xavier Sneed of Hazelwood Central in Florissant, MO announced his commitment to Kansas State University.
I want to thank God for all the blessings he has given me.I have made my choice and will be attending Kansas State University #GoWildcats— ✖️Xavier Sneed✖️ (@Luh_Sneed20) September 28, 2015
Sneed, 6'5" 180, becomes the first verbal commit for the 2016 basketball recruiting class. The main competition for Sneed's skills was Illinois, however, Sneed also had offers from Cincinnati, Creighton, Minnesota, Missouri, Saint Louis, Wichita State, and Xavier. Other schools who were interested but never offered include Vanderbilt, and Oklahoma.
Sneed is rated as a four star recruit, ranked 92nd nationally by rivals.com. Both ESPN.com and 247sports.com have Sneed listed as a three star prospect. 247 composite has his as the 140th ranked player nationally, 31st ranked small forward, and third best in the state of Missouri.
His hudl.com loop is mostly a collection of dunks and blocked shots, though he does hit a corner three right before the video ends. The put back dunk at the 19 second mark is his best display of athleticism, while the next highlight shows him making a heads up steal on a lazy pass. One troubling spot is at the 32 second mark. His team appears to be playing a man-to-man defense, but Sneed simply sags off into the lane. Maybe they were playing a match-up zone; however, if the team was playing man-to-man, it's troublesome that Sneed leaves his man to "roam the paint". Without seeing more tape, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that was the called defensive set by his coaching staff.
Overall, this is a more than solid pick up for Weber and company as this Kansas State basketball team needs all the athleticism and talent they can get their hands on. With his senior year still to come, it wouldn't surprise me to see Xavier Sneed contribute as a true freshman.