Ross Travis Talks About His Recruitment

Ross Travis, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Chaska, has picked up six scholarship offers and has attracted plenty of recruiting interest after a strong season with 43 Hoops AAU program. Travis, who has been sidelined recently with a back injury, has recently attended games at Minnesota and Wisconsin. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Travis to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Ross Travis has helped lead the Hawks to an 11-7 mark as he is averaging 12.1 points per game. He has scored in double figures in nine of 13 games, including a season-high 23 points versus Farmington. However, Travis has missed the past five games with a back injury.

"It is a stress reaction right before the crack happens. It happened two years ago. I had a stress fracture on the fifth lumbar where the muscle connects to the spine. It is like a stress reaction right before the crack happen. I'm happy that iut didn't crack, so I did not have to sit. Last time, I had to sit out seven months in a back brace. I am getting it worked on. I'm getting physical therapy and massage, deep tissue massages. They said that my gluts are not working, which is causing the other muscles around the spine that are not supposed to do that much work, to cause stress. But, I am getting acpuncture. However long that takes. Hopefully, I'll get back soon.

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 for the 43 Hoops AAU program. He has received scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Oregon State, Iowa State, Rice and Santa Clara. He attended the Wisconsin game versus Penn State last month.

"It was an awesome game. I saw Jordan Taylor play. Mike Bruesewitz. I saw them all play. They are familiar faces and everything. It was a good game. We got there the night before and went out to eat the next morning. Came to the game and as they were warming up, we got to go to the locker room before the game. Talked to Bo Ryan and all the assistant coaches. After that, we sat right behind the benches. It was a good game. Jordan Taylor did not start out strong, but in the overtime, he had more than half of their points to get that off to a good start in overtime."

Travis also attended the Minnesota-Air Force football game and UMD and Ohio State basketball games.

"Those were good games, too. They look good. Sampson looks good. Westbrook looks good. They all look good."

Travis hasn't had a chance to check out any other college games this winter.

"Not lately. Just Minnesota and Wisconsin."

Travis said that some other schools are getting involved in his recruitment.

"Colorado State was here. Northwestern played Minnesota and they were going to stop by and say "what's up? and come to practice."

Travis is working hard to improve himself as an all-around player.

"I just need to develop and get bigger and stronger, so I can get some of those high, high school. They are just waiting on me to develop and get bigger."

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