A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: TROY SNYDER
Troy Snyder (pictured) leads UMES in seven statistical categories so far this year

Troy Snyder (pictured) leads UMES in seven statistical categories so far this year

Jan. 31, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Two years ago, Troy Snyder was profiled in a video by the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay athletics department. He was asked several questions about different things in his life, but his answer to one in particular was eye opening.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

The answer was easy for the Chicago, Ill., native.

A Hawk.

Whether he knew at the time that fate would bring him to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore or not, being a Hawk was in his future. The 6’7 forward transferred to UMES after the 2010-11 season. Despite having to sit out last year because of transfer regulations, Snyder has not missed a beat on the court in 2012-13.

Snyder has been UMES’ most consistent performer this year, where he has started and played in 15 of the Hawks’ 16 games this year. He leads the team in seven statistical categories, including minutes (501), rebounds (97), blocks (12), steals (33) and points (161). Snyder is third in points-per-game with 10.7 and is fourth in assists with 22. He has led the team in scoring four times this year and just recently notched a season-high six steals at Bethune-Cookman.

His transfer from UWGB to UMES was spurred by basketball, but that was not the only reason.  Snyder wanted to move closer to his mother, who lives in Prince George’s County, as well as be closer to his newborn daughter, Trinity. The transfer allowed him to have three of the most important things in his life at the same time.

While many student-athletes struggle with the commitments of school and athletics, Snyder expands on that. He has the everyday battle between school, athletics and being a father.

“I am a proud father,” said Snyder. “Having a daughter, still going to school and playing basketball is a lot to take on. But, my daughter is so smart and she is growing so fast. She is what makes me the proudest in life.”

It is his relationship with his daughter that has given him an extra meaning for life. He attributes her as his biggest motivation and links his desire to be successful to her. Snyder aspires to be involved with coaching following graduation from UMES, but it is raising a happy and healthy family that is the most important to him.

With Snyder leaving UWGB, a void was left for the Phoenix. He averaged 17.2 minutes-per-game for UWGB as a sophomore, where he had two games in double-digit point totals, including a career-high 17 points on a 6-for-10 shooting performance from the floor against No. 25 San Diego State in his first career start. As a freshman in 2010, Snyder played in 10 games and averaged 1.7 points-per-game. He tallied six points against the University of Alabama-Birmingham in his first collegiate game.

His strong play was brought about as a youth. Snyder starred a Bolingbrook High School in Illinois, where he averaged 15 points and nine rebounds a game as a junior for the 4A school. He also played for the RBS All-Stars, where he helped the squad with the AAU West Coast National Championship in 2008.

He has used sports to keep him up-to-par in all aspects of life.

“In life, there is no such thing as a shortcut,” said Snyder. “The key to success is hard work, dedication and living up to your own expectations”.

The ability for Snyder to make the best out of a complicated situation is what makes him different. He has had to overcome obstacles that not many college athletes have had to deal with, but one that makes him standout positively.

He now has the three things in life that make him the happiest: his mother, his daughter and basketball.

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