Travers’ big point to prove
LUKE Travers remains one of the most intriguing young basketballers in the nation, with the Perth Wildcats grooming the six-foot-eight development player for a future at point guard.
The 19-year-old is back training four times a week with the Wildcats while competing with his new local club Cockburn in Basketball WA’s West Coast Classic.
In an era of positionless hoops, Travers’ versatility is encouraged by the Wildcats, training at point against two-time NBL MVP Bryce Cotton and Boomer Mitch Norton after a junior career at spots one through five.
Next Star’s Josh Giddey (Adelaide) and Mojave King (Cairns) boast similar proportions for guards but Travers’ elite athleticism and time playing as a power forward/point-forward make him just as exciting to watch develop.
“If not (point-guard) it’s the three-position at Cats training,” Travers said.
“I definitely have been enjoying a lot more pointforward/point guard, allowing rebound and run. I don’t mind swinging into the three/four-position though.
“I’ve definitely got a lot stronger; going into the gym every day is something I haven’t done previously.
“Composure, coming up the floor I can rebound and run now after the ball-handling stuff I’ve been doing over the years.
“(Norton) is very vocal and the point guard position, so I have to go up against him every day and he’s pretty fast and another level I haven’t (previously) been able to guard.”
Travers remains sidenlined with a minor back strain and missed the Cougars’ win over Mandurah Magic on Saturday night.
Cockkburn’s rising star recruit Luke Travers.