Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA Midwest player Reid Travis (12) attempts to dunk the ball against Team Brasil during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Gophers Basketball: Reid Travis to make official visit by month’s end


Twin Cities hoops star Reid Travis has announced that he will make an official visit to the University of Minnesota. The DeLaSalle basketball standout will make his official visit the weekend of Oct. 25, a week before the regular season opens for the Maroon and Gold.

Head coach Richard Pitino was given a tough situation to recruit the “Big Three” of local Twin Cities recruits when he took over the basketball program at Minnesota from Tubby Smith. Travis, joins local stars Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn as highly sought after prospects from this market.

The family of Travis told Jason Gonzalez of the Minneapolis Star Tribune of his intention to make an official visit to the hometown Gophers. It was also announced that his decision will come via ESPN — adding to the mystery of Minnesota high school basketball and the level of recruits being produced in the area.

Landing a local recruit to the caliber of Travis would be a huge move from the Pitino coaching staff. The first year coach has only signed one recruit to his 2014 class with Seattle power forward Josh Martin.

Martin and Travis play a similar position and it’s been suggested that landing both players is out of the question, but the promise of landing the Islanders hoopster is too good to pass up.

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