Snyder spent his college career at Nevada. In 2004, Snyder lead the Wolf Pack to its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. During that NCAA trip they beat No.2 seed Gonzaga, Michigan State, but lost in the third round to eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech. In 2005, Nevada made it back to the NCAA dance making it past the 1st round by beating Texas, but later losing to No.1 Illinois.
On February 4, 2006 he delivered one of the most electrifying, vicious dunks in NBA history. On a fastbreak against the Lakers, guard Speedy Claxton threw Snyder a pass and he took off, dunking on Lakers rookie guard Von Wafer, nearly clearing him. This boom got the Hornets fans on their feet en route to a 106-90 win.