The star of the DeLaSalle Islanders’ back-to-back state championship basketball teams announced Friday that he will attend Stanford University next fall.
Reid Travis, a 6-foot-8-inch senior power forward, announced his decision after school in a packed conference room with his parents and coach by his side.
Travis led the Islanders in points, rebounds and blocks last year and has long been considered a top-25, five-star recruit. He also quarterbacked the DeLaSalle football team and was considered a top football recruit until last summer, when he decided to quit football and focus solely on basketball.
Before Friday he had narrowed his choices down to Stanford, Duke or Minnesota. Many college basketball experts believed he would choose Minnesota and the conference room Friday was peppered with people wearing maroon and gold. About 100 people, largely Gohpers supporters, were turned away at the door after the conference room reached maximum capacity.
Stanford’s academics played a large role in Travis’s decision.
“It’s not like I’m going there just for basketball, I’m going for the school first, and at the end of the day that’s what I’m falling back on,” he said. “Regardless of what happens with basketball, a Stanford degree is not bad in my eyes.”
Travis’s brother Jonah graduated from DeLaSalle in 2011 and currently plays basketball for Harvard.
Practice for the 2013-14 season began on Nov. 11, and DeLaSalle’s first game is on Nov. 16, 6:40 p.m. against Lakeville North at High Performance Academy in Eagan.