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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Travis Best


  School and Year (1997-99)    University of Louisville
                  (1996-97)    Frankfort HS, IN
  Height and Weight            6'1  170lbs
  Position                     Point Guard
  98-99 Ratings                Top 200 (ATH)
  Academically Eligible        Yes
  Status                       Transfer to Purdue (eligible 2000-2001)


Player News · Game Stats · Season Stats · Honors · Schedule

Current Player News

Travis Best, a 6'1 guard originally from Frankfort, IN, is a transfer from the University of Louisville and will have two years of eligibility remaining at Purdue beginning in the 2000-2001 season.

After two seasons of limited playing opportunities with the University of Louisville, Best transferred and ended up at Purdue where Coach Keady agreed to take him as an invited walk-on. Tuition at Purdue wasn't an issue due to his mother being a Purdue employee. While Purdue's name briefly came up during his recruitment as a senior in high school, Tulane was one of the schools that got the most attention besides Louisville.

As a senior for Frankfort High, Travis averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists, helping Frankfort to an 18-6 record and a trip to the state regional finals. Best shot 52-percent from the floor, 30-percent from the perimeter and hit 75-percent of his freethrows. During his high school career, Travis became Frankfort's career leader in assists and steals, and his 1.463 career points placed him third on the school's all-time scoring list. Best was an Indiana All-Star, an honorable mention Street & Smith All-American, named to the Associated Press All-State second team, and was part of a 17-under national championship AAU squad.

What Travis is expected to bring to the Purdue program is a great work ethic, and a desire to hit the weights (something the program has lacked this past year). His quickness and experience should get him playing time past his redshirt season.

For a scouting report, here's Jim Reamer who coached Travis in AAU play earlier in his high school career..."Travis was considered a big point guard in high school. For Indiana, kids who are 6'2" - 6'3" in high school usually end up at the small forward spot. Travis played point his final two years at Frankfort, and he did it very successfully. Pretty much a winner wherever he has played, Travis is an outstanding ball defender, whose gambling style off the ball can be taken or left depending on the coach. Regardless, he is very coachable, and he can adapt his game, focus and energies to whatever a coach may want. On the offensive end, he has worked hard to get over the stigma that he is not a good shooter. In fact, he is a good shooter, whose only knock in high school was that he thumbed his shot. Those days may be gone, as Travis has shown the range and the consistency to be a threat from the outside. His court awareness and vision has always been stronger in transition than they have been in the half court, but a patient coach will learn that Travis learns his teammates. As he becomes comfortable with his teammates, his timing improves as he learns when and where they want the ball. He is a very unselfish player, who has a relentless work ethic, and after his red-shirt year, he will push for playing time on the BoilerMaker squad."


Single Game Statistics

DATE       MIN FG FGA FT FTA 3P 3PA RB A B S PTS
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02-25-99     6  1   1  0   2  1   1  0 0 0 0   3 Won 90- UAB 60
02-16-99     6  1   2  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   2 Won 106- Houston 78
02-14-99     2  0   0  0   0  0   0  1 0 0 0   0 Won 78- Georgia Tech 58
02-06-99     3  0   1  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 81- Marquette 77
02-04-99     1  0   0  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 89- Memphis 76
01-06-99     1  0   0  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 93- St Louis 70
12-30-98     6  0   2  1   2  0   1  0 1 0 0   1 Won 95- Morgan St 47
12-19-98     1  0   0  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 90- Depaul 63
12-08-98     1  0   0  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 106- Towson 73
11-22-98     3  0   0  0   0  0   0  0 0 0 0   0 Won 99- W Kentucky 78


Season to Date Statistics

Season thru      PPG  FG%  FT%  3P%  RPG APG SPG TPG  RECORD RANK
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98-99 season     0.6 .333 .250 .333  0.2 0.2 0.1 0.5  19-11
97-98 season     0.9 .316 .000 .273  1.0 0.8 0.1 0.5  
96-97 season    18.8 .520 .300 .750  8.2 6.8          18-6
95-96 season    21.6                 5.2 5.7 3.0      


Awards and Honors

96-97 season    Indiana All-Star
                All-State First Team (Indy Star)
                All-State Second Team (AP)


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