Travis Wear at the Real Deal

Travis Wear, the 6-9 sophomore from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, played very well at the Real Deal on the Hill tourney in Arkansas last weekend, and spoke to's Evan Daniels there, about his game, his recruitment, and the two schools that currently lead the pack...

Other than his twin brother, David, you would be hard-pressed to find a big man that can match the skill and versatility of Travis Wear in the class of 2009.

Wear, the 6-9 sophomore forward from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei who is generally considered an elite prospect nationally, runs the floor well, can stroke it from deep and has a great touch around the basket.

"I like to the play on the outside when a big man is guarding because a lot of times they aren't going to come out and guard me," Wear said. "If a smaller guy is on me I'll post up and take him inside."

While he was consistent all weekend at the Real Deal on the Hill tournament in Fayetteville, Arkansas, arguably his best game was against the Atlanta Celtics in the semifinals of the tournament. Wear scored 13 points on a couple of threes, a pull-up jumper and some easy buckets in the paint.

This past season, Wear helped Mater Dei win its sixth CIF Division II state championship. While Wear was a major part of the championship run, he feels like next year he'll need to pick it up a notch. He said, "This year I think I played decent, but next year I'm going to have to step up a lot. This year I was more of a role player, but for us to be successful I need to step up."

Thus far Wear has gotten interest from a number of high-majors. He listed UCLA, North Carolina, Arizona and Kansas as the ones showing him the most interest.

"It's still kind of early and I don't know particularly what I'm looking for," Wear said. "I just know the top two schools that I like are UCLA and North Carolina. Arizona comes into play, too."

Wear has tripped to each of his top two schools. His visit to Chapel Hill took place during his high school season, when Mater Dei played in North Carolina. While the campus impressed him, UNC coach Roy Williams' ability to develop players is what really stands out. Wear said, "North Carolina always has guys going into the NBA and they're always in the top 10 in the country and producing NBA prospects."

While UNC has its advantages, so does UCLA. "It's close to home and I like their style of play and the way they play," Wear said about the Bruins. "I just like everything about it."

Travis indicated he and his brother would definitely play in college together. He also said it's still early in their recruitment and a decision won't come any time soon.

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