Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Minnesota big man Reid Travis is down to a Final Four.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Minneapolis De Las Salle High is considering Duke, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Stanford, having eliminated Michigan State and UCLA.
He has already visited Gonzaga and Duke and has two more official visits left.
“I’m talking a visit to Stanford on the 18th and then Minnesota shortly after that [on the 25th],” he told SNY.tv by phone from USA Basketball in Colorado Springs, Colo.
He’s also considering Gonzaga and Duke, having cut Michigan State and UCLA.
Of Gonzaga, Travis said, “I like Gonzaga a lot. I went there in the springtime, so there weren’t too many people on campus. But I got a had bond with the coaching staff a little more so I got a good family feel out of it. And I like the players and everything.”
He visited Duke last month and like every other Duke recruit, was drawn to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke’s basketball and academic tradition.
“With Duke, it was nice to go to some classrooms and see what some of the players thought and why they chose Duke,” he said. “I got all good vibes from them. And of course the basketball tradition speaks for itself so I liked it out there.”
Minnesota is the hometown school and is trying to land some combination of home-state stars Travis, Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn.
“Just a hometown feel, being able to have my family come to every game, stuff like that,” Travis said of the appeal of Minnesota. “It would be nice to have that and just be able to represent Minnesota. That definitely plays into it. I kind of play with a chip on my shoulder and I like to represent my state.”
Next up is a visit to Stanford.
“[I like] the academic side of it and [coach] Johnny Dawkins,” he said. “I got to talk to him and he’s a good guy and they do it the right way and I like that about them.”
Travis plans to pull the trigger within a month or so.
“I was thinking about early November,” he said.
Wherever he lands, he plans to be a “physical four.”
“I’m just working on my perimeter skills, trying to stretch it out more,” he said. “But still keeping my post work and going inside.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.