A late hoops offer for Duke

Duke has moved forward with a late hoops offer in the class of 2014 by accelerating the recruitment of Minnesota PF Reid Travis.

The news that the Blue Devil coaching staff had extended an offer to four star power forward Reid Travis began being reported via multiple outlets on Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, sources close to the situation confirmed the news.

With the offer to Travis, Duke now has pending scholarship offers out to Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, Kevon Looney, Justise Winslow, Travis, Myles Turner, and Goodluck Okonoboh. Duke had previously offered Devin Booker, but the two sides parted ways after the Blue Devils earned the commitment of Grayson Allen.

Travis burst onto the scene this summer by leading his Howard Pulley team to immense success in the annual Nike EYBL and Orlando Super Showcase, as Scout.con national recruiting analyst Brian Snow reported:

"He's a little bit undersized, it doesn't matter because Travis is an absolute beast. The 6-foot-7 forward was an absolute problem on the block. He used his strength and solid athleticism to bully opponents for rebounds, and then did an excellent job of finishing through contact. Travis isn't the most skilled guy around, but he does manage to produce, and continues to show why he is so heavily recruited."

Snow was not the only Scout.com analyst who was impressed with the Minnesota native either. Rob Harrington got an extended evaluation in at the LeBron James Skill Academy in mid-July.

"He placed himself in the top tier of actual performers," said Harrington. "What he lacks in height and reach, the Minnesota native utilized his 228-pound frame to full advantage. He consistently initiated contact with shotblockers and knocked them off-balance, freeing himself for easy finishes inside."

"He also used a quick first step to drive past those same big guys when away from the bucket. Given that he possesses accurate shooting range to 15 feet, they had no choice but to step out and defend him."

On a somewhat undersized AAU team this summer, Reid played a lot in the post, and it's allowed him to face off against some of the nation's elite centers. Throughout the EYBL (18 games) he averaged 18.2 points and 9.2 rebounds, and has held his own in those match ups.

"Power is the big thing for me here because they say I'm undersized for my position," Travis said on the camp's final day. "But because I'm strong I try to move guys and use the assets that I do have."

With the ability to shoot, but also to be a bull in the painted area, Travis' services are in high demand as schools such as Minnesota, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Stanford, Georgetown, and Notre Dame have already offered. Duke, has recently jumped in and is recruiting Travis to play a similar role to players such as Roshown McLeod. It's something that appears to align with Travis' vision of himself at the next level.

"I see myself as a power forward who can step out and do some things," Travis said. "Maybe one day I could become a three, but I like the physicality of the four and having that versatility."

Regarding Travis' recruiting process, he is hoping to have a decision made within the next couple of weeks, and Duke is expected to land an official visit before the end of the month.

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