August 17, 2010

Travis set for Iowa visit

Ross Travis accomplished what he had hoped in July on the AAU circuit and college coaches took notice. The 6-foot-7 forward from Chaska, MN has been getting a steady stream of phone calls since the end of evaluation period and has raised his profile on a national level after a healthy summer of basketball.

"I felt like I had a really good summer and I kept getting better as the month went along. I had to keep stepping up after missing time last summer and I felt like I did that this past month," Travis said.

After taking a little break from basketball in early August, he is back in the gym preparing for his senior season and also making plans for visits this fall to college campuses. Right now, Travis has two visits set up for the month of September and more could be on the way.

"Penn State offered me recently and I am scheduled to make an official visit there on September 18th," Travis said. "The next weekend I am taking an unofficial visit to Iowa. Since Iowa is close to home, I want to make that an unofficial visit and possibly use my other official visits later."

Travis says that one of those visits could be to the west coast. He is currently receiving strong interest from Pac 10 schools like USC, Washington State, and Oregon State.

There is no doubt which school is putting on the hardest full court press right now to land the talented wing player and that is Iowa. Coach Fran McCaffery has been using every one of his allowable phone calls to continue to build a strong relationship with Travis.

"I would say there are a lot of schools close to Iowa, but Iowa is recruiting me the hardest. I'm probably talking to them more than any other school right now," he said. "I talk to Coach McCaffery quite a bit along with his assistant coach Andrew Francis. They have also built a very good relationship with my family, which is important."

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