Stanford University sat atop National Cathedral guard Marta Sniezek’s short list of college options after a May visit to the West Coast. The scenic Palo Alto campus offered a change from the snow filled winters and humid summers in the Washington, D.C. area.
Recently, Sniezek trimmed her list to Stanford and Harvard, and after she received her acceptance letter from Stanford Tuesday, the rising senior felt it was time for her decision. On Thursday, Sniezek called Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer to give her verbal commitment to the Cardinal.
“When I visited in May, I knew that Stanford was where I wanted to go,” Sniezek said. “The weather and the people were beautiful. It’s the best school for both academic and basketball purposes, and I can’t wait for another year to get there.”
Sniezek also held offers from Princeton, Georgetown, Texas Tech, Boston College and James Madison. But only Stanford offered her the opportunity to consistently play for national titles — the Cardinal have reached the Final Four six of the past seven seasons. They’ve played in the national championship game twice in that stretch, and Sniezek lists a national title as one of her chief goals.
“I’m excited to be a on a team that wants to win so bad,” Sniezek said. “I think that with our drive we are capable of winning National Championships.”
Initially, her mother was hesitant about the distance, but during their May visit Sniezek said her parents saw she was right at home and the coaching staff would take care of her. Her family will be able to watch her on television as Stanford has several nationally-televised games each season.
In Sniezek, the Cardinal is getting the area’s top scorer over the past two seasons. The All-Met averaged 29.9 points per game for the Indepdent School League AA runner-up. She showed a much improved shot from long range with 46 three-pointers made, including five in a season-high 43-point performance at Georgetown Visitation on Feb. 18.
Her standout junior season landed her jersey in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor display in Knoxville, Tenn. But for Sniezek there is still work to be done as she prepares for her final season with the Eagles and her future with Stanford.
“I’m focusing on getting a quicker release on my jump shot and improving my mid-range game,” Sniezek said. “And as always I want to improve my ball handing.”