Ross Travis Discusses Hawkeye Offer

Slowed by injuries the last two seasons, Ross Travis' recruitment lagged behind. The 2011 Minnesota product is making up for lost time during the July evaluation period. He landed an offer from Iowa over the weekend and others are eying this versatile big man. HI.com spoke with Travis aboug his new offer and more on recruitment. Get caught up right here.

Fran McCaffery prepared Ross Travis for what was ahead. Iowa meant business.

"After they told my coach they were offering me (a scholarship), I called him," Travis said of the Hawkeye Head Coach. "He said he really liked how I play and my hustle. He then said he planned to recruit me very aggressively. He wanted me to make that clear.

"I told him I'm ready and I really appreciate it."

The Chaska (Minn.) Senior High product holds offers from Northern Iowa, Oregon State, Rice and Santa Clara. Notre Dame, Wisconsin , Indiana, Marquette, Texas and Colorado are contacting him and his coaches.

"I talked with Notre Dame and Wisconsin the last few days," Travis said. "They're real interested."

The Class of 2011 member is seeing his recruitment pick up after injuries slowed him the last two seasons. Here's a recent story I wrote on Travis after a visit to Iowa City. It provides background.

Travis and his 43 Hoops AAU team participated in tournaments in Indianapolis and Merrillville, Ind. last week. They were scheduled to tip off another meet in Milwaukee Monday night.

"I think I played well in Indianapolis," Travis said. "I was able to showcase my strengths and impress the coaches. I turned it over too much in Merrillville, but those are correctible."

Travis plays the 1-3 spots for 43 Hoops. They only have one other member to run the point.

The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder shows the ability to grab a rebound and take it the length of the floor to score or set up a teammate.

"I feel like my handles are good enough to do that," he said. "We have some good shooters and I'll usually take it to their side. If the defense pushes out, I'll take it all the way and finish."

The Iowa coaches watched Travis in Indianapolis and Merrillville, he said.

"When I went there on an unofficial (visit), Coach McCaffery said they wanted to see me in person," Travis said. "The film can only show a person so much. It's just different in person.

"After he saw me, he said he liked my hustle and my versatility."

Travis said that all of the schools that have offered him scholarships are even. He's keeping his options open at least until August. There‘s at least one thing that could keep Iowa in the discussion for his services until the end.

"I will say that I like the schools with the mindset to push it up the floor," Travis said. "It's a plus for coaches that have that mindset."


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