Travers’ big point to prove

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT - Josh Gar­lepp

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.

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