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Quentin Snider to Louisville

ESPN 100 senior point guard Quentin Snider decommitted from Illinois and signed with Louisville on Friday, according to multiple reports.

Snider, who plays at Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., previously committed to the Cardinals in August 2011, decommitted in July and committed to Illinois in September. He was expected to sign with the Illini during the early-signing period this week.

Snider, who is 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds, is ranked 35th in the Class of 2014 and the No. 5 point guard by ESPN.

Snider was thought to be Illinois coach John Groce's point guard of the future. Groce had recruited a number of top-ranked point guards since being hired at Illinois in March 2012 and seemingly was finally able to land one in Snider.

Illinois' 2014 recruit class is still expected to include White Station (Memphis, Tenn.) forward Leron Black, who is ranked No. 41 by ESPN, and Champaign (Ill.) Centennial forward Michael Finke.

Illinois was also in the running for Curie (Chicago) power forward Cliff Alexander, who is ranked No. 3 by ESPN. But at a news conference Friday, Alexander chose Kansas after first teasingly reaching for an Illinois hat before grabbing the one with the Jayhawks' logo. Alexander had also considered DePaul and Memphis.

Alexander said he likely wouldn't sign with the school until January, but he signed and faxed his letter of intent to Kansas on Saturday, according to a source.

Alexander said Friday that his decision came down to Kansas coach Bill Self and his ability to develop big men.

"It was really tough, really tough," Alexander said of his decision. "Me and my family did a lot of talking, a lot of thinking. We came down to a conclusion. Coach Self is a great guy. He develops players. I like how he coaches. I like how he gets the ball to the bigs, develop the bigs."

Snider is the fourth Class of 2014 ESPN 100 recruit for Louisville. He joins small forward Shaqquan Aaron (No. 31), power forward Jaylen Johnson (No. 57) and center Chinanu Onuaku (No. 74) in the Cardinals' recruiting class.