Throwback Thursday: Catching up with Alvin Snow, former Franklin High School and Eastern Washington basketball star

As good as Alvin Snow was at Seattle’s Franklin High School in the late ’90s, he was even better during a standout four-year basketball career at Eastern Washington.

Snow, 37, was named Washington’s 4A boys basketball player of the year in 2000 after leading Franklin to a sixth-place finish in the state tournament. He decided to sign with Eastern and play for their newly hired coach, Ray Giacoletti.

Over the course of his four seasons in Cheney, Snow helped transform the Eagles program. He led the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004 and was named the Big Sky Conference MVP.

Snow went on to enjoy a nine-year pro career overseas. He retired from hoops four years ago and is now a sports agent. I recently caught up with Snow to ask him about his best memories from his high school career.

What is your best high school basketball memory?

Scoring 27 in the second half at Rainier Beach to lead my team to the comeback win after being down 21 points at halftime.

What impact did your high school coach have on you?

Ron Drayton was a militant disciplinarian. The discipline he instilled in us all carried us through. It pushed us and prepared all of us for college and life.

What are you doing now?

I now am an advisor/sports agent with Worldwide SM.

Who are the best players you played against in high school?

In Washington, Doug Wrenn, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and Curtis Borchardt.

Nationally it would be Eddie Griffin and DeShawn Stevenson.

Do you have any advice for today’s high school players?

Work your butt off to defy the odds. With that said, the sooner you mature to a place where you can accept the truth, the quicker you will get the lessons you will need to sustain you at whatever level you end up.

What is your opinion about AAU and high school basketball (recruiting process in general)?

In general, I think high levels of competition are always healthy. So in that regard, I LOVE IT! But in terms of AAU specifically, the system seems to be flawed. Coaches are having a hard time coaching kids and being able to give them truth. It appears as if you tell a top kid the truth or are critical of them, they will leave the program. That needs to change. We have to be able to prepare young men for the (real) world they will eventually have to function within.

What was your favorite high school gym and rivalry?

When I was in high school there was NOTHING like Garfield vs. Franklin. My favorite gym in the city would have to be O’Dea.
Snow’s playing background
High School: Franklin HS (1996-2000)
-4A State Player of the Year

College: Eastern Washington (2000-04)

-3-time first team all-Big Sky selection

-2004 Big Sky Player of the Year

-2004 Honorable Mention All-American
Pro: 10 years professionally in Europe

-Iceland, Cyprus, Israel, Poland, Germany, Turkey, Slovenia, Kosovo

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