Highflying Chaska small forward Ross Travis has versatility in his game that few in Minnesota can match. When he's healthy Travis can hurt the opposition from many angles and that's exactly what he did this summer with 43 Hoops. Some high majors came with strong interest (Memphis, Washington, etc), others came with offers (Oregon State, Iowa, etc), but it was Penn State who locked him up this weekend.
Travis visited Penn State two weekends ago.
"We arrived Thursday night and assistant coach Dan Earl picked us up," said Travis. "Friday I met first with the academic advisor. Her name was Sue and she talked about academics and everything that she does with the players to help them with studies and stuff like that.
"Then we went and checked out the training facilities, the weight room, and we met the trainer and the people on his staff. We got time to spend with the players that day and later that night. From there I got to let loose with the players and go see what the campus was like and get a feel for how things are. Then on Saturday we went to the football game."
After a week's worth of thought Travis cancelled an upcoming trip to Iowa and decided to commit to Penn State.
"Really when I got to the school I really didn't know what to expect," Ross said. "But after the tour and everything I experienced, I realized that Penn State pretty much had everything that I was looking for. They basically have everything I need to get to the next level. They will definitely help me become a better player. And whatever it is I decide to do after I'm done playing I will have Penn State's academics to fall back on because it's such a good school."
Playing in the Big Ten was also a draw to Travis. As a Chaska, Minnesota native he was born in an area where the Big Ten Conference dominates much of the college sports talk.
"I was born in the Midwest so it feels great that I will be playing in Big Ten country," said Travis. "It feels great to be a part of that."
Travis is a three star recruit who ranks amongst the top three college talents in the state of Minnesota's 2011 class. At 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds with the ability to contribute at multiple positions Ross picked up offers from Penn State, Iowa, Iowa State, Oregon State, Illinois State, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Rice, and Santa Clara in the last year.
Travis had also accumulated interest from Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Washington State, and Wisconsin.