Gophers Basketball recruit Reid Travis chooses Stanford over Minnesota


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

DeLaSalle senior power forward Reid Travis made his decision to play college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in an announcement Friday. The two-time Minnesota state basketball champion will be taking his talents to Palo Alto next fall.

Current Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino made Travis one of his top three targets when he took the Gophers job in April. Travis as well as fellow Minnesotans Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn have been the focus of college coaches from all over the country.

At 6-foot-7 and 235-pounds, the four-star prospect from Minneapolis has made his choice to leave the Twin Cities and head west to California.

Travis was seen around the Minnesota program a lot over the last six months since Pitino took over as head coach. With the new pressing style of offense and defense that Pitino brought with him to Williams Arena, recruits from all over the country were anxious to see if they would be a fit for the system. Travis was no different, but decided that the needs for his future in basketball and life were meet the best with the Cardinal.

Minnesota opens their 2013-14 season at Williams Arena on Friday as well. The Maroon and Gold welcome the Lehigh Mountain Hawks for a 7:00 p.m. CDT tip-off. It is not clear if Travis will be in attendance behind the Minnesota bench for the game.

A common spot for Travis to watch games at “The Barn”, since Tubby Smith started recruiting the local prospect two years ago.

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