Oct. 31, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Michael Snaer, who led Florida State to the 2012 ACC Championship and who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament, has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award - an award that focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A total of 30 men's basketball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court have been selected as candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta April 6.
Snaer is one of three players from the ACC to be named to the prestigious list. He is joined by C.J. Harris of Wake Forest and Mason Plumlee of Duke and is the only player from a school in the state of Florida named to the list.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one men's finalist and one women's finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Saner is working towards his degree in family and child sciences and is scheduled to earn his degree in April of 2013. His current academic endeavor includes an externship at the local elementary school where he mentors students three days a week. He has also donated his time in the community to the American Cancer Society, the Tallahassee Boy's and Girl's Club and to diabetes awareness.
Snaer was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 ACC Tournament as he led the Seminoles to the first ACC Championship in school history. He was an All-ACC Second Team selection in 2012 and is a pre-season All-American First Team and preseason All-ACC First Team selection heading into the 2012-13 season. A four-year starter, Snaer has led the Seminoles to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
Florida State plays its second exhibition of the season against Saint Leo on Nov. 5 and opens its regular season against South Alabama on Nov. 9. The Seminoles game against Saint Leo is a benefit game for the Aubry Boyd Foundation - with a donation of $5 requested at the door. Boyd is a former Seminole who was injured in 1991 and now lives as a paraplegic. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:00 at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee.