Jonah Travis Gets Early Interest

Jonah Travis, a 6-foot-6 rising junior forward from DeLaSalle, is one of the state's 2011 top players. Travis has had a strong spring with the Minnesota Pump N Run 16-and-under AAU program, which won its third tournament this year with a 47-42 win over the Minnesota Fury to win the Minnesota AAU Boy's Basketball 17-and-under District Championship. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Travis.

Jonah Travis averaged 9.6 points per game as a sophomore for the Islanders, who finished 17-9, losing to Holy Angels 65-54 in the second round of the playoffs. Travis scored in double figures in 15 of 25 games with a season-high 21 points in their first round playoff win over Orono. He attended the Minnesota Gopher Elite Camp last June.

Travis scored a game-high 12 points in the 47-42 win over the Minnesota Fury to win the Minnesota AAU Boy's Basketball 17-and-under District Championship Sunday. The Pump N Run team decided to play in that age for the tournament.

Minnesota Pump N Run advanced to the finals as they defeated Minnesota Commets 58-49 in the semifinals as Travis had 12 points.

Pump N Run defeated the Minneapolis Redhawks 58-56 in the quarterfinals as Travis had a team-high 13 points.

It is the third title for Pump N Run, which earlier won the Jayhawk Invitational and Pump N Run Spring Showcase. They finished second in the USSSA Midwest Festival of Teams and made it to the Double Pump Spring Tournament Final Four.

When I talked to you last month, you mentioned schools like Butler and Iowa State. What other schools are you hearing from now?

"New Mexico State, Wisconsin Green Bay, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, Colorado, Colorado State and Stanford."

Have you thought much about what camps you are going to attend this summer?

"I'm going to the Colorado camp with Pump N Run. We are doing a big tour. We are going to Chicago, the Northern Illinois camp and Loyola camp. I went to the Gopher camp and North Dakota State camp last year. I might go to the NDSU and Iowa Elite Camp."

You guys are off to a great start this spring. Why do you think that you have done so well?

"I think that we have done so well because we are very physical. We pride ourselves on being one of the smartest teams in Minnesota and we just do that and click all the time. We've just come together really well."

I know that you are playing in the Best Buy Basketball Challenge Series (July 13-15 at Bloomington Jefferson), adidas Super 64 (July 22-26 in Las Vegas) and Adidas Best of Summer Showcase (July 27-31 in Los Angeles) in July. Where else are you playing?

We plan to go to Chicago and we might take ourselves over to Indiana. That's all I know of right now."

What types of things are you working on to improve yourself as a player?

"Ball skills. It's a constant. Working on my handles and my shot. Just trying to improve on the things that I already have."

Minnesota Pump N Run head coach Jeremy Miller told GoldenSports.Net that he expects Travis to receive some scholarship offers during their trip to Chicago.

Travis' father, Nate, was a former walk-on at Minnesota.

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