June 13, 2010

Travis talks Iowa, Iowa State visits

Last August Ross Travis was supposed to be making a trip to Iowa City for the Hawkeyes Elite Camp when a broken finger at the end of the AAU season in July put him on the sidelines. The 6-foot-7 prospect in the Class of 2011 finally made that trip to Iowa last weekend, hitting both Iowa and Iowa State's campus and meeting with both head coaches.

The first stop for the Chaska, MN native was in Iowa City last Saturday where he met with new Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The visit included a meeting with McCaffery in his office and was concluded by a quick tour of the Iowa campus.

"I went to Iowa on Saturday morning and talked to Coach McCaffery. We talked in his office for a while and then went on a tour of the campus," Travis said. "He is a great coach and a really nice guy. I hope to learn more about them as I continue to talk to their coaching staff. I like that he wants to push the ball and play a transition game."

Travis said that the Hawkeye coach said he would love to get him to Iowa City, but that he wants to see him more in the July evaluation period.

From there the talented forward made his way west to Ames for the first elite camp for new Cyclone head coach Fred Hoiberg. Iowa State had offered Travis last year. Since then they have received a commitment from another prospect who plays the same position, so he is not sure where that offer stands, but he enjoyed the visit to Iowa State and was impressed by Coach Hoiberg.

"He (Hoiberg) used to live in Chaska, where I live now, so he knows the area. I like the style of play that he says he is going to play, a running game and get up and down the floor," he said. "I really liked their new practice facility and had a great time at their camp with a lot of other Minnesota kids there too.

Travis said he has offers from Northern Iowa, Oregon State, North Dakota State, Santa Clara, and Rice. In addition to being recruited by Iowa and Iowa State, he is hearing from his home state school on a regular basis.

"I get letters from Minnesota, but I am not sure how serious they are about recruiting me. Hopefully they come out and see me this summer and see how much I have improved."

The talented forward prospect says he doesn't have a favorite at this time, but he plans to make a decision sometime before the start of his senior season. In July he will be playing with the Hoops 43 AAU program. They will be playing at events in Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, and in Las Vegas.


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