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August 12, 1999

College basketball

Spalding's Snowden, All-Met guard, commits orally to Villanova

Derrick Snowden, an All-Metro point guard from Archbishop Spalding, committed orally to Villanova on Monday for 2000-2001 and beyond.

Snowden, 6 feet, averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 assists as a junior last year. He's the first private-school player to be named Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year since the award began in 1980.

"He's as good as you want," said Rick Landers, who was an assistant coach at Spalding the past few years. "He can get to the hoop on anybody. He plays excellent defense. He's the best player in [the] Baltimore [area], but nobody knows it."

Snowden, who was considering Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Texas and Rutgers, made an unofficial visit to Villanova in June. Following the advice of his parents, he chose to make his college decision now, rather than wait for the season to start.

"My parents had a lot to do with it," Snowden said. "They said I should commit early so I'd have nothing to worry about in my senior year. That way, I won't have to rush around."

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