Travis Busch Suffered Torn ACL

Travis Busch, a 6-foot-4 wing who recently transferred from Minnesota to Colorado State, suffered a torn ACL last Thursday in the Pulley Pro City League and is expected to undergo knee surgery next week, according to Rams assistant coach Niko Medved. Busch averaged 3.7 points per game last season for Minnesota and he was expected to received significant playing time for Colorado State this year.

Travis Busch, a 2009 academic all-Big Ten selection, graduated with a degree in communications and has one year of eligibility remaining. He was granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible immediately, while pursuing a master's degree in business at Colorado State and playing out his final season of eligibility with the Rams.

Rams assistant coach Niko Medved said that the expected recovery time is four to eight months, which would mean the he would miss at least the non-conference schedule.

Busch was Mr. Basketball Minnesota in 2005 at Mounds View after leading the Mustangs to the state tournament. He was also named Gatorade Player of the Year, Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and Associated Press Player of the Year.

Busch signed with Cal Poly, but left after an injury-plagued freshman season. He played in four games before injuring his foot and missing the rest of the season. Busch started one game and averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Busch sat out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules but then played in 50 games over the next two seasons and averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. He received a scholarship the past two seasons since the team had available scholarships. However, the Gophers signed four players and lost only two to graduation, meaning Busch would not be on scholarship as a senior.

Busch is an excellent student who was an academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree with a 3.6 grade-point average last semester.

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