Chaska's JR Ross Travis Makes Minnesota Visit

Ross Travis, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Chaska, is starting to attract recruiting interest after a strong season with 43 Hoops AAU program. Travis did not see much varsity action with Chaska this past season, but he and Jake White will make one of the state's top frontcourt duos. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Travis at Saturday's Gopher football game to learn the latest.

Ross Travis helped lead the Hawks to an 18-10 mark, losing to Bloomington Jefferson in the Section 2 semifinals 86-73. However, he split time between junior varsity and varsity. It was his strong play with the Hoops 43 AAU team, which caused him to catch the eyes of several Division I programs.

Travis, whose father John Travis played on a talented Minneapolis Central team in the 70's that featured Greg Boone, William Henry, Greg Maddox, Duane Nelson, and Andre Griffin, has seen his recruitment pick up since playing in front of many top coaches in the open recruiting period in July. He has received scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Northern Iowa and Santa Clara and hometown Minnesota has been keeping tabs on the talented junior, inviting him to the Gopher football opener against Air Force in the new TCF Stadium.

"I've been talking to Saul (Smith) a lot about how my season has been going. Tubby checking out my game in Vegas. Just keeping in touch, going to their practices and watching. Staying in touch. They are making some arrangements to watch some Chaska ball games."

Travis has been working hard this summer to improve himself as a player.

"I have been going up to 43 Hoops every morning from 9:30 to 12. Just doing workouts with Chris Carr and some other teammates."

College coaches are expected to check Travis out further as they are allowed to go back out on the road.

"We had a open gym at Chaska and Santa Clara came up. James Ware (former Minnesota director of operations) and their head coach."

43 Hoops had a strong spring and summer. They won the Minnesota Select Classic and finished 5-0 in the Adidas May Classic Tournament They had to fly back before the championship game, preventing them from winning back-to-back titles.

"We got second in Atlanta as we lost to D! from Milwaukee. We won in Milwaukee and won at least four other big tournaments against some big teams. It was exciting."

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