Following an impressive performance as a junior at Martin Luther King High School, Tony Snell proceeded to Westwind Preparatory Academy to finish his senior year. While his stints in both schools lasted, he carved a niche for himself on the court and also won many hearts with his unique athletic abilities.
Though the shooting guard launched his professional career in 2013, it’s been as if he has been playing for decades. From his field throw to his steals and then free throws and assists, it is very clear Tony was born for the spherical ball game. Let’s get to know more about the professional basketball player.
Tony Snell’s Biography
The Milwaukee Bucks No. 21 jersey player is the son of Sherika Brown, a young American woman who gave birth to him on the 10th day of November 1991, in Watts, California. According to records, Sherika had the basketball player when she was barely nineteen, after which his little sister Tonyecia arrived.
As a single mother, Tony’s mom took up several odd jobs to make ends meet. She is said to have worked in places like JCPenney, Walmart, and even got a job as a security guard, and data entry operator just to raise money to support her kids and put food on the table.
Upon the completion of his elementary education, Snell was enrolled at Martin Luther King High School. His stint at the school lasted from 2008 to 2009, after which his mother sent him to Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix to complete his studies.
While he was at Martin Luther King High, he led his school’s basketball team to a 30-3 season along with his teammate Kawhi Leonard, who currently plays with the Toronto Raptors. Under the guidance of coach Tim Sweeney and with the help of his teammates, Tony averaged seven rebounds, fourteen points, three assists per game, as well as four blocks. At Westwind, he continued to grow his game and went on to set several records for himself. It is recorded that he averaged 8.8 assists, 1.8 blocks, 10 rebounds, 19.5 points, and 2.7 steals, and 1.8 blocks. Interestingly, it was at Westwind that he crossed path with Sichuan Blue Whales shooting guard Jamaal Franklin.
Tony Snell began his college career in the year 2010 at the University of New Mexico – this was after he committed and signed to play for the team in November 2009. As a freshman, he represented the New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball team in all but one game. After completing his junior year, Snell announced his intention to forfeit his senior year to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. He was subsequently selected with the 20th pick in the first round at the 2013 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.
The shooting guard’s session with the Bulls survived for three years (2013 – 2016), after which he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Michael Carter-Williams on October 17, 2016.
The Watts-born athlete would make his debut for the Bucks on October 29, 2016, which was the day the team played its second game of the season. He renewed his contract with the franchise with a four-year extension. The deal, signed on July 31, 2017, is reportedly worth $44 million and includes incentives that would increase his total income to $46 million as well as a player option after the third year.
His Family, Does He Have A Wife Or Girlfriend?
Tony Snell’s love for basketball was triggered by his mother, who out of concern for his future, bought him cassettes of famous basketball players like Michael Jordan just to keep him at home and deter him from becoming friends with bad guys within the neighbourhood.
By the age of seven or eight, the shooting guard had become an outstanding basketball player. Despite the height of his success and years in the spotlight, Snell places his family above his career and though his mother hasn’t laid aside her protective instincts, Tony still loves the fact that she got his back.
Ms. Brown is all the basketball player has in this world, as his father is missing on the map. Snell’s family is also made up of his younger siblings – D.J and Precious. According to him, one of his biggest expectations in life is to see his younger ones live a different life and also make the most of their lives.
Also on the map are his maternal grandfather (Shedric Brown Sr.) and uncles Shunte Brown and Eric Brown. The trio has always been there for Tony right from day one, helping his mother to raise him and her other children.
Presently, the Bucks basketball player is not in an open relationship neither has he been linked to any girl in the past or of recent. His first love remains his mother and then the sport, basketball.
Other Facts About The Basketball Player
1. Tony Snell’s mom still believes she needs to watch over her son despite his age. She often moves around with him and hardly misses his game. When the basketball player moved to college, Sherika Brown immediately relocated to be closer to her son. Similarly, when Toney joined the Milwaukee Bucks in October 2016, she moved too. Sherika now resides about 30 minutes away from her son’s home in Milwaukee.
2. His awards include Third-team All-MWC (2013) and MWC Tournament MVP (2013).
3. The NBA shooting guard is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 221 lb or 100 in kilograms.
4. Snell’s basic salary from 2018 to 2019 is estimated to be $10,607,143.