Heading into his third season as a major varsity contributor for Snider, Michael Eley’s junior season is expected to be a big one. When he came in as a freshman for the Panthers team a year after the won the SAC title, he was to be a catalyst for the rebuilding of the program and he certainly has been.
With mid-major interest on the college level blooming before he even steps foot on the court for his third season, Eley has expanded his game since you saw him last. Eley has the size, ability to move the ball and hit shots, and possible defensive versatility that will make his game focus on major strengths this season. A year ago, he averaged a team second best scoring (14.5 points) and rebounding (6) per game. Eley has proven to be among the most efficient scorers in the SAC when he was a difference maker on the offensive end for stretches last season, scoring in bunches on some nights.
Eley’s intrigue heading into this season has to start with his solid physical tools. He has a solid length for a shooting guard and has certainly added some muscle. But he can be a semi powerful leaper capable of finishing strong at the rim and that gets lost in most analysis of Eley. He finished 53 percent of his shots in two-point range and hit 35 percent of his three pointers, hitting a team high 41. Right now, Eley may have the best ability to finish at all three levels of the floor as anyone in the SAC and with added maturity to his game, he really could have that big breakout season.
“High level player; can shoot with range, off the dribble and cut and can attack the basket,” Snider coach Jeremy Rauch says. “Had a great June for us and has also worked really hard in the weight room and made noticeable gains.”