March 1, 2010

Minnesota prep likes the Rams

Last year the Rams used Colorado State assistant coach Niko Medved's contacts to bring Chad Calcatera to Fort Collins from Medved's home state of Minnesota. This year the Rams are again looking to the Gopher State for prospects and that has led them to Chaska High School of Chaska, Min.

Six-foot-7 forward Ross Travis is averaging 11.3 points per game, which includes a 23-point night against Farmington and another 19-point night against Rochester Mayo. Travis is still waiting to for a scholarship offer from Colorado State.

"I like the Rams," Travis said. "I watched them play a few times. I like their style of play. Their assistant coach came down after one of our games and talked to me after the game. I haven't talked to the coaches outside of that one night."

Travis is considered a raw prospect after a broken vertebrae kept him out of last summer's AAU season with 43 Hoops. Travis was in Cedar Falls this weekend watching the Northern Iowa Panthers post a win over Illinois State to win the Missouri Valley Conference outright.

"It was nice," Travis said of his weekend. "The place was sold out and it was loud. It was a nice-sized place (McLeod Center). I like how they were getting up-and-down and I like their style of play. They ended up winning their conference and the ceremony at the end was tight. It was a great game."

Travis said he enjoyed his time in Cedar Falls and is being recruited by fellow Twin Cities native and UNI Assistant Coach Ben Johnson. Travis said he was able to talk to UNI Coach Ben Jacobson and spend some time on the sidelines, as well as with the players after the game.

"I got to hear Coach Jacobson talk after the game and say this is what we are supposed to be and what was expected," Travis said.

Travis said in addition to UNI, he has also visited Minnesota three times, Wisconsin twice, Santa Clara and Stanford. He is also trying to get to Oregon State. Travis holds scholarship offers from Santa Clara, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Oregon State, North Dakota State and Rice.

Travis said he is going to take his time in making a decision on college and will try to take some other visits in the near future and go from there. He has made enough visits to know what he wants in a college.

"I think I want to have a good relationship with the coaches, someone you can be around for four or five years," Travis said. "I also want good players you can feel good around and can talk to. Mainly, the style of play is important. I like a team that runs and pushes the ball constantly. I want an up-and-down game. You have to put in mind is there a player ahead of you in my position and how soon I will be able to get on the floor and start playing."

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