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Prospect watch: Butler's Snodgrass picks Navy

Kevin Gorman
| Sunday, March 4, 2012

All it took was one visit for Nate Snodgrass to fall in love with the Naval Academy. It didn't hurt that coach Ed DeChellis offered the Butler point guard a chance to play Division I basketball.

Snodgrass made a verbal commitment Friday to play at Navy, and he plans to enroll at the service academy in Annapolis, Md., this fall. The 6-foot guard, who was third in WPIAL Class AAAA in scoring this season at 21.8 points, also had a scholarship offer from St. Francis (Pa.) and was receiving interest from Duquesne.

"I really liked the campus, the coaches and players and thought I'd fit in there. Obviously, the academics speak for themselves," said Snodgrass, who has a 4.4 grade-point average. "Before my senior season, it was mostly Division III schools looking at me. As the season picked up, so did my recruiting."

Snodgrass led the Golden Tornado to the WPIAL semifinals, scoring 89 points in three playoff games. The four-year starter scored more than 1,100 career points and had a season-high 42 against North Allegheny.

DeChellis, a Center Township native, previously coached at Penn State.

"That had a little impact, but it wasn't the key," Snodgrass said. "I liked him as a coach and saw how he built the Penn State program. I feel like he can do that at Navy. It means a lot, serving this country. I take it as a challenge.

"The basketball team wasn't good this year but, with a good recruiting class, I think we can do well in the Patriot League and, hopefully, make it to March Madness."

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