The quick and explosive Travis solidified himself among the top rebounders in the Big Ten in his sophomore season finishing fourth in the conference pulling down 7.4 rpg and notching five double-doubles. Similar to his freshman season, he closed his second campaign strong posting 9.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg over the final seven games of 2012-13. A strong finisher at the rim who is also an effective scorer on floaters and jumpers from 12-15 feet, he has worked hard to refine his jump shot and improve his shooting from range. He has also proven to be one of the team's top defenders with the athleticism and versatility to guard several positions from a point-guard to a post player. A good ball handler and passer who runs the floor and plays with a high motor, he quickly earned the moniker "junkyard dog" from coach Patrick Chambers and the Academic All-Big Ten honoree has endeared himself to Nittany Lion fans with his all-out hustle and constant energy on the floor.
"Ross is really a guard who likes to mix it up with the bigs. He plays with great energy and effort and has worked really hard on his jump shot and handle during the off-season. He continues to get stronger in the weight room and I expect to see a tremendously improved player this season."
- Patrick Chambers
Travis led Penn State and finished fourth in the Big Ten pulling down 7.4 rpg, the highest finish and best average for a PSU player since 2007...posted five double-doubles on the year, three in the last seven games...led the team in rebounding in 19 games and posted nine double-digit rebound totals, seven vs. Big Ten team including a career-best tying 13 at Nebraska...eight double-figure scoring games...fourth on the team in scoring (7.0) and steals (20)...closed the season strong posting 9.1 ppg and 8.9 rpg and leading the team with 10 steals over the final seven games...posted 12 points and 11 rebounds vs. No. 6 Michigan (3/14) in the Big Ten Tournament, one of three double-doubles vs. the Wolverines on the year...tied a career high with 15 points to go with 12 rebounds and career highs for four assists and four steals in his best career game to date, an upset win over No. 4 Michigan (2/27)...logged 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Akron (11/18) in the Puerto Rico Tipoff for his first career double-double...posted 10 points and nine boards in the season-opener vs. St. Francis (11/9)...career high 13 rebounds vs. Boston College (11/28)...logged 12 points and nine rebounds at La Salle (12/5) and 14 points and 10 boards vs. Army (12/8) in back-to-back games...had nine points and eight boards in a win over Bucknell (11/23)...led PSU in scoring with 14 points vs. Indiana (1/7) hitting a career best two threes...first Big Ten double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds at No. 4 Michigan (2/17)...grabbed 11 rebounds in each of two games vs. Wisconsin on the year...nearly logged a double-double without making a basket posting eight points and nine rebounds in a road win at Northwestern (3/7)...earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
In his first season with the program, Travis played in all 32 games and started 16 as his high energy and athleticism made an immediate impact...earned the team's Scrappiest Player Award...averaged 4.4 ppg and tied for second on the team with 4.2 rpg...elevated his play at the end of the season posting 7.2 ppg and a team-high 5.2 rpg while shooting 63.6 percent over the final five games of 2011-12 while posting career highs in points and rebounds...led the team in rebounding in nine games on the year, six in Big Ten play...scored in double-figures in five games and had seven or more rebounds in eight...scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-5 from the floor and 5-of-7 at the foul line and added six rebounds in the final regular season game vs. No. 13 Michigan (3/4)...grabbed a career-best nine rebounds to go with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in a season-high 31 minutes vs. Northwestern (2/25)...posted eight boards vs. Minnesota (1/15) and Ohio State (1/25)...had 12 points and eight rebounds vs. Lafayette (12/7)...scored all 10 of his points in the second half, hitting a pair of threes, and added eight rebounds vs. No. 2 Kentucky (11/19)...made his first career start and posted a team-high tying seven rebounds in the season-opener vs. Hartford (11/12)...posted 10 points and six rebounds at Saint Joseph's (11/26).
Tabbed as the top prospect in Minnesota for the class of 2011...a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com...averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game in his senior season, his first injury free campaign since he was 15... led Class 4A Chaska to a 24-5 record and into the Minnesota Section 2 Finals...considered team's defensive stopper...team also included Wichita State signee Jake White...averaged 12 ppg and 8 rpg for a Chaska team that went 17-12 and advanced to the section finals in his junior season...recorded a triple-double on the year...missed his sophomore year and 12 games in his junior year due to a back injury that caused him to have to wear a brace continually for seven months...Team captain his senior year...he played on the Minneapolis based AAU 43 Hoops team coached by NBA veteran Chris Carr.
Full name is Ross John Travis...born Jan., 9, 1993...the son of John and Debbie Travis...has an older sister, Brittany, who played two years at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.)...his cousin, Jonah Travis, is a sophomore forward for Harvard and another cousin, Marcus Travis, played at North Dakota State...suffered blindness in his left eye for four months and missed most of his fifth and sixth grade seasons after being shot in the eye with a BB gun...would like to pursue a career in music production.