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Four Star Recruit Reid Travis stuns Minnesota, chooses Stanford

Reid Travis shown above, spurned Minnesota heading into today as heavy favorites to land this four star prospect in the 2014 class.
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Earlier today, 6’7, 240 lb Reid Travis announced he will be attending college at Stanford University. This is a big commitment as Travis is the No. 7 power forward in the country and the No. 40 prospect overall. Travis now joins a pair of other four star commitments in center Michael Humphrey and point guard Robert Cartwright. Sources confirmed that Travis’s list was down to three including Minnesota, along with Duke, and many believed the Gophers had a very good chance of getting him to stay in the his home state for college. Travis had also been considering Gonzaga and Washington, before eliminating Washington just last week. Travis was ranked the No. 23 recruit in the country by ESPN.com. Travis led his high school team to a state championship in Class 3A last season. He was also earned a share of the Associated Press Player of the Year award with Apple Valley senior Tyus Jones.

ANALYSIS:

Many believed Minnesota and Coach Pitino were the favorites to land this top prospect. Rumors were swirling that Pitino had been recruiting in state “aggressively” and had a “Big 3” to commit to the Gophers. Travis is one of the state's "Big Three" senior prospects, along with Tyus Jones the No.4 overall prospect in the 2014 class and former Cooper shooting guard Rashad Vaughn, who is playing this season at Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Scout’s reports display Travis has very long arms, big hands, and large feet. He is an excellent rebounder and has natural instincts around the basket. He rebounds well out of his area and he finishes pretty well with contact. In addition, he can step out and hit the jump shot at the elbow. He appears to have a mature approach to the game and his overall savvy bodes well for the future. 

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Marcus R. Fuller