Travis Excited By NU Offer

Three-star sophomore forward Reid Travis was unaware that Northwestern was interested. Turns out he was wrong. Last week, NU associate head coach Tavaras Hardy came to watch Travis's De La Salle (MN) High School team play, and after the win, Travis received a pleasant surprise—an offer from Northwestern, which he calls "a dream school."

The first time Reid Travis visited Northwestern, it hit him.

Travis, now a sophomore, first visited campus with his brother, Jonah, a guard at Harvard and once a NU prospect. While walking campus, Reid and his family were impressed with the picturesque views along the scenic lakeside campus. Travis was excited about Northwestern.

Shortly after Travis and his De La Salle Islanders downed Stillwater High School, he was given another reason to be excited about Northwestern.

NU associate head coach Tavaras Hardy, who was in attendance for the game, offered a scholarship to the standout sophomore.

After the visit to campus, and getting a glimpse of the NU basketball program with his brother, Travis was thrilled to receive an offer.

"I was excited," Travis said. "I went down there with my brother and it's beautiful. It's right next to Chicago. It's a beautiful campus. (Jonah Travis) was excited more than I was. Everybody in my family was pretty excited."

Travis holds one other offer, coming from Creighton, but says his latest offer from Northwestern makes them one of his new favorites.

"They're up there automatically because of the academics, the sports, and the conference they're in," said Travis. "They're one of those schools that's automatically up there. It's a dream school. They have always been up at the top for me."

Travis is part of a developing Minnesota pipeline which Northwestern is beginning to establish. He comes from the same AAU program—the Minnesota Pump N Run—as NU signee Sanjay Lumpkin.

NU's Bill Carmody and Tavaras Hardy have made frequent trips to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" for recruiting visits, and Travis appreciates the association.

"I see (Northwestern coaches) a lot at the tournaments," said Travis. "It's nice to see the Minnesota connection there."

Just a sophomore, Travis said he is in no rush to make a decision, but is beginning the process of evaluating his options. He hopes to make visit Northwestern for a game at Welsh-Ryan Arena this season.

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