Being recruited as a Division I athlete on the gridiron and the hardwood, 2014 De La Salle (Minn.) Reid Travis has been busy year-round, but is nowhere near making a decision to choose between the two.
Travis is being recruited as a basketball and football prospect.
Rated a 93 as a basketball prospect by 247Sports, Travis currently holds more than 15 offers from programs across the country. The likes of USC, Washington State, Minnesota, Purdue, Butler, Iowa State, Penn State, Colorado and Harvard, among others, have all extended offers, while Stanford, Wisconsin and Michigan State are some schools showing serious interest in the 6-foot-6 wing.
Unranked as a football prospect, Travis has also received an offer from Boston College as a quarterback, and the Minnesota product is also hearing from Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, N.C. State and Nebraska quite regularly, but is taking his time throughout the process.
“No I don't even have a clue which sport I’d play. I probably won't even put a thought to that until the end of next summer,” admitted Travis. “I want to see what offers and options I have for both sports and then go from there.”
Playing his AAU ball this summer for Pump N Run, Travis tried to extend his game outside the paint and become a more well-rounded player on the court.
“I'd have to say being able to knock down the open shot was what I improved the most,” said Travis on Sunday. “I was coming in just posting up a lot, but throughout the summer I was getting out on the wing, making that shot and just becoming more versatile. I tried to make them guard me farther out, and make my game a bit more unpredictable.”
Running the point throughout the summer was 2013 Penn State verbal Graham Woodward, a player Travis enjoyed playing alongside.
“It was great playing with someone who has vision as well as he does, he kind of finds you but also brings his own scoring to the table,” praised Travis. “It makes the defense have to guard either or, so it was nice playing with a guard of his quality.”
Currently quarterbacking his 7-0 De La Salle football team, Travis will be playing more of a post position this winter and trying to further refine his moves down low.
Travis is the cousin of current Nittany Lion, Ross Travis.
“I think being able to attack the basket is the best part of my game, and then if they play off me, being able to shoot it and knock down that shot,” Travis said. “Versatility is big with me, whether it is down on the post or out on the wing I want the defenders to have to guard me.”
Travis has some further ties to a few schools - his brother is at Harvard and current Penn State wing Ross Travis has been talking up the Nittany Lions to his cousin.
“The Penn State coaches talk to me a lot, especially Ross talking about Penn State, now with Graham going there,” said Travis. “I definitely consider them in the top 10 every time I make a list - with Ross being there and with Graham I'm definitely going to give it a good look.”
Head coach Patrick Chambers was following the younger Travis’ progress throughout the summer, and has been selling his program on the junior swingman.
“He’s been talking about starting something new there,” said Travis. “He feels like they have the right pieces coming in, the new players coming in. They have the right nucleus of older guys. They're trying to get everything started off right.”
Right now, Travis is solely focused on getting to the football state championship game before taking his talents inside and working on his hoops game.
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