Class of 2004
Snyder Washington is described by some as the best overall athlete to ever come out of Athens' Trinity High School. "I think he has more physical ability than anybody I know," said Curtis Gurley, a teammate when Washington played at Alabama A&M University from 1968-71. "Snyder was younger than many of us on the team and he started out in the 3 position (small forward), but later moved to the 2 position (shooting guard) and he scored a lot of points!" Gurley went on to say that "Not only was he a great athlete, but a great person as well. He comes from a good family and he is a leader. We are still good friends and we still play ball together."
Trevor, Snyder's younger brother said, "Snyder had a lot ofmoves and he could do that trick stuffwith a basketball. He skipped two grades in grade school and when he first played at A&M, he was only 16. He was too far ahead of his time. He loves the game and could really shoot and score from anywhere on the floor."
At the state tournament in 1968, Washington averaged 34 points in three games and as a senior averaged 30 points per game.
Snyder ranked sixth in the nation with a 30-point average. He topped all scorers in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while playing for Ala- bama A&M. His most productive night was a 49- point performance against Knoxville College.
He was one of the leaders on the team in assists, second in rebounds and led the team in free throw shooting. At one time he had hit 46 consecutive free throws.
Snyder's love for basketball still bums deep. To this day, he plays at every opportunity in local leagues and assists with organized teams as a volunteer at local colleges and schools. He is employed at AmSouth Bank as an executive.