As first reported by Minnesota Preps yesterday afternoon, DeLaSalle combo forward Jonah Travis ended his recruitment with a commitment to coach Tommy Amaker and Harvard pending admissions. Travis visited the school earlier in the month and despite having several other offers and increasing interest from high majors, Travis became the first commitment in Amaker's 2011 class.
After a junior year that saw Travis lead DeLaSalle back to state with a team high 20 plus points a game, Jonah starred for the Minnesota Pump N Run in the spring and summer. He led the squad to a Comets Invitational title, second place in the Atlanta Celtics Invite and Pump N Run Spring Classic, an undefeated record in the Adidas Super 64 Super Pool, and a semi-finalist finish in the End of the Sumer Classic.
Nearly unstoppable when he was on balance eight feet and in, Travis bulled through players his size, as well stronger, longer, more athletic, and/or quicker. Basically Travis went through them all and produced consistent results.
His play brought him offers from Tulane, Boise State, Cal Poly, Loyola, UWGB, UW-Milwaukee, Wofford, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Northern Colorado, Northeastern, Miami of Ohio, and Lafayette plus building interest from Northwestern, Washington State, Colorado, and Providence.
Regardless Travis was sold on the Ivy League education as well as the building program of Tommy Amaker after his visit. Earlier in the month Travis told Minnesota Preps about his trip:
"The visit to Harvard was great," said Travis. "I had a great opportunity to spend time with the coaching staff and some of the players. I was really impressed by how welcoming and polite everyone was around campus. Also impressive was how everything was centered towards the students being able to succeed in a great environment while still having a great time, and how straight forward and honest the coaching staff was about everything. I was also impressed by or realized how normal everything seemed. I expected the people and everything to be a lot more intimidating then it really was."
• This article will expand to include Jonah's reaction to his commitment in the next 24 hours as Minnesota Preps continues to follow this story after breaking the news nationally last evening.