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Young's Snider commits to UIC

Whitney Young junior guard Gabriel Snider has committed to UIC, giving first-year Flames coach Howard Moore his first 2012 recruit.

The 6-foot-1 Snider is a role player on a Whitney Young team full of Division I recruits, but with his shooting ability and athleticism he’s expected to be an impact player for UIC in the Horizon League.

“I think they’re getting a play who has a tremendous upside in relation to what he’s able to do on the basketball court,” Whitney Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “He’s a kid who is a tremendous athlete and is an above-average shooter. He’s a kid who if he wasn’t on Whitney Young would be a starter. His better days are ahead of him. When it all comes together, he’s a kid UIC will look back and say, ‘What a steal.’”

The early decision was a no-brainer for Snider.

“It was easy,” said Snider, who was recruited by Moore and UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey. “I felt like it was a great fit for me. I specialize in shooting. UIC’s coaches were in love with me. I respect them, and they respect me. I see their vision.”