During his weekly press conference, coach David Padgett talks about Quentin Snider’s contribution and hitting his 1000 point as a Cardinal. Jan. 19, 2018
Quentin Snider isn’t the only former Ballard High School standout putting up big numbers in college these days.
Snider is a hometown favorite, going from Kentucky’s 2014 Mr. Basketball winner with the Bruins to four-year starter at the University of Louisville, but several of his former teammates have also looked good at the next level.
Kelan Martin, who graduated from Ballard alongside Snider in 2014, is the best player on an impressive Butler team. The 6-foot-7 senior forward leads the Bulldogs in points per game (19.5) and rebounds per game (6.7) while playing 34.4 minutes per night. In December, Martin scored 24 points — going 4-of-4 from beyond the arc — and had eight rebounds to help Butler knock off top-ranked Villanova, handing the Wildcats their only loss of the season so far.
Former Ballard standout Jalen Perry has stood out lately as well. Perry is currently a junior at UAB, one of Conference USA’s top teams this season, and averages 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Perry initially signed with Middle Tennessee State in 2015 after playing high school ball with Snider and Martin but ended up spending two years at Illinois’ John A. Logan College instead.
Lavonne Holland, who graduated from Ballard in 2013, has also made a name for himself at Northern Kentucky. Holland helped NKU reach the NCAA Tournament last season, earning Horizon League Tournament MVP honors along the way, and is currently posting 13.7 points, 4.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per night for the Norse.
Snider has been one of Louisville’s top players this season, averaging 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday in the Cardinals’ double-overtime win over Notre Dame.
Plenty of great basketball players have come through Ballard over the years, including former NBA players Allan Houston, Jerry Eaves and DeJuan Wheat.