Travis Busch Talks about Minnesota Transfer

Travis Busch, a 2005 graduate of Mounds View High School who was named Minnesota "Mr. Basketball," has decided to transfer from Cal Poly to Minnesota. Busch was the all-time scoring leader at Mounds View and was the Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro and Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year.

Travis Busch led his team to a third-place finish in the state tournament and was named to the Associated Press All-State First Team when he averaged over 25 points per game as a senior. He will walk-on to Minnesota and will sit out the 2006-07 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Busch to talk about his move back home to Minnesota. This interview took place on July 20. However, due to my travels to Las Vegas for the AAU Tournaments and covering the Howard Pulley Summer League, I have not had time to write up the interview. As punishment, I will force myself to watch the Wisconsin football highlight DVD all Sunday.

You are finishing up your classwork now to get your release from Cal Poly, right?

"I'm just taking one class here. Once I get that finished, I'm set to transfer offically."

Have you talked to the Gopher staff? I know that originally you had not.

"Not officially. I have not talked to anybody. I'm just waiting to finish that credit."

When will you find out about that?

"Probably in August. The class ends in August and I'll pretty much know what is going to happen. I'll get my official release."

Talk a little about the injury and your decision to leave Cal Poly.

"Things were starting to come together. By the fourth game, I was starting against Stanford. I really felt comfortable, but then I went down with a stress fracture. I did not feel at home, obviously. It's on the West Coast and I just wanted to come home. I missed my family and friends. Basketball was not that big of a priority out there. Nobody really cared about basketball. Great coaches. The teammates were great, but it just was not a great fit."

Did it help a little that you had a couple of Minnesota guys on the team like Zach Thurow of Minneapolis South and John Manley of Minnetonka?

"Yes. They helped me adjust pretty well. It was just too much of a change for me and I just wanted to come back."

Did you explore any other schools? I know that you were a big Gopher fan and saw you at many of the games.

"It was my only option, my only choice. That is why I wanted to do it. Prove to myself that I could do it. Give it a shot. I'd regret the rest of my life if I did not try. So, that is what I want to do."

You are pretty competitive kid. Is it going to be hard to not be able to play this upcoming season? You can practice, but you can not play in any games.

"It is going to be hard, but I've got to make the best of it. I can't change the rules of the NCAA. It will be nice to get to know what is going on and how the program works and all that stuff. It may be better in the end."

The fact that Minnesota has other walk-ons like Zach Puchtel, Jeff Hagen and Jamal Abu-Shamala who have earned scholarships, does that make you think that "Hey, this could work out?"

"They are really good players. They are great. I love them. Jamal is one of my good buddies. Seeing what they were doing gave me motivation to come back and try it. Work really hard and try to earn a scholarship down the road."

Did you talk to Jamal during the season. I know that you played AAU basketball together.

"A little. I talked to him a couple of times, but nothing about transferring. I wanted to keep it in the family, but obviously it leaked out. When I got home, we talked a lot. He has helped me out through this whole thing. He told me to keep my head up. It's been kind of tough, but it is nice having a guy like him around to help you out because he went through it last year."

He was able to get a scholarship from it.

"He is a great competitor. We go out and play one-on-one for hours and kill each other basically. It's a good time. Me and him work hard together. I like playing with him."

Is it good to play in the Summer League? I know that you were not sure how much you were going to play, but you played significant minutes in your second game in the Pro-Am.

"I was worried, but we got a good run in. The other night was kind of rough, but I think that I found a little niche with the team. Hustling and running the floor. Helping the team out."

Are you planning on meeting with the Gopher coaches at all over the next few weeks?

"I'm just going to wait until August and get my release and get all that stuff done and go from there."

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