Devils Covet JC Point Guard Travis DeGroot

DevilsDigest.com spoke with New Mexico Military Academy's Coach Franklin and Travis himself about his game, his personality, and recruiting matters.

Travis DeGroot is a 6-3, 210 pound point guard from New Mexico Military Academy who will have two years of eligibility after transferring to a D-I school. He is most known for his explosiveness, but Coach Franklin says there is more to his game than athleticism. He described DeGroot as, "Very fast. Sometimes his teammates have trouble getting out in front of him on the fast break." The coach went on to comment, "Travis is normally a pass first point guard. His teammates need to keep their hands up and ready to receive the pass."

When asked about any weaknesses in the point guard's game, Coach Franklin commented that, "He can try to get too fancy at times. Additionally, when he is not in the gym consistently working on his shot, it can get a little inconsistent." Franklin did go on to say that DeGroot can be a "pure shooter" and his stroke is very solid when he puts in the necessary time in the gym.

When asked what schools are recruiting him, DeGroot indicated that in addition to Arizona State, he is hearing from South Carolina, Cincinnati, and Oklahoma. He believes that he will make a trip to Tempe before signing day, "maybe in the next couple of weeks." He added that he is hearing from the ASU coaching staff on a consistent basis.

Although DeGroot is not in any hurry to make a decision on his school of choice, he has no problem, "committing if I find something I like. If I wait until signing day, that is fine, too." Coach Franklin added that, "recruiting with ASU is going very well. If Travis had to make a decision today, I believe ASU would be the leader."

It is not secret that the Sun Devils could definitely use an explosive, play making point guard for the next couple seasons. DeGroot is one of the prospects the coaching staff is closely pursuing to fill that role.

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