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Travis Best
Travis Best

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Frankfort, Ind.

High School:
Frankfort

Last College:
University of Louisville

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 185

Position:
Guard



A "zone buster" that could develop into a team leader ... has the ability to make clutch shots in tough situations ... a transfer from Louisville, Best has two seasons of eligibility at Purdue beginning in 2000-2001 ... an athletic player who possesses the ability to hit the outside shot ... a solid defender with quick hands ... a good ball-handler who has the ability to dribble penetrate and find the open man.

As a Sophomore (1998-99) ? Louisville
Saw action in 10 games, averaging 0.6 points and 0.2 rebounds in 3.1 minutes of action per game ... scored a season-high three points in six minutes of action vs. Alabama-Birmingham on Feb. 25.

As a Freshman (1997-98) ? Louisville
Averaged 0.9 points and 1.0 rebounds in 16 games as a freshman ... scored a season-high six points on a pair of three-pointers against Mississippi on Dec. 22 ... made his collegiate debut against Purdue on Dec. 6, pulling down two rebounds in six minutes of action ... logged a season-high 16 minutes of action against Georgia Tech on Dec. 20, finishing with two points and four assists.

High School
Averaged 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists as a senior in leading Frankfort to an 18-6 record and the state regional finals ... connected on 52 percent of his shots from the field, including 30 percent from beyond the arc, while sinking 75 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe ... left Frankfort as the school's all-time leader in assists and steals, while his 1,463 career points ranks him third on the all-time scoring list ... played on the 15-man Indiana All-Star team and was a second-team All-Indiana selection by the Associated Press ... averaged 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.0 steals as a junior ... an honorable mention All-America selection by Street & Smith's and was listed among the top 200 prep players by Athlon's ... finished with 10 points and 12 assists in the annual Indiana North-South game ... registered six points and three rebounds in the Derby Festival Classic All-Star game.

Personal
Majoring in communication ... born April 5, 1978 ... son of Ron and Helen Best ... has one sister (Trinity) and two brothers (Tyler and Trumond) ... enjoys lifting weights, playing video games and listening to music in his spare time.

Inside Travis Best

If you were running for President this year, what kind of things would you incorporate as part of your campaign?
"More interaction with the people of the United States. Try to employ what is truly best for the citizens of the United States. Brian Cardinal would be my running mate."

What is the most memorable moment of your basketball career?
"Being selected as an Indiana All-Star, beating the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena and winning 17 and under national championship."

Do you have any pre game rituals?
"Listen to music, think about our game plan and I only wear certain types of socks in games."

What goal have you set for yourself this year?
"To maintain a 3.0 GPA or better and be a contributor to a Big Ten championship team."

The thing about Coach Keady that impresses me:
"His honesty and how he sincerely cares about his players."

When playing basketball as a kid, what player did you pretend to be?:
"Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Kevin Johnson, Larry Bird."

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be?
"At this point in my life, probably Abraham Lincoln, so I could talk to him about trying times our nation was going through and his thoughts about keeping our nation together and the state it is in today."

? CAREER HIGHS ?
Points: 6 vs. Mississippi (December 22, 1997)
Field Goals: 2 vs. Mississippi (December 22, 1997)
Field Goal Attempts: 4 vs. Morehead State (December 17, 1998)
3-Point Field Goals: 2 vs. Mississippi (December 22, 1997)
3-Point Field Goal Atts.: 3 vs. Mississippi (December 22, 1997)
Free Throws: 1 vs. Morgan State (December 30, 1998)
Free Throw Attempts: 2 two times, last vs. UAB (February 25, 1999)
Rebounds: 2 four times, last vs. St. Louis (January 20, 1998)
Assists: 4 vs. Georgia Tech (December 20, 1997)
Steals: 1 three times, last vs. Memphis (February 4, 1999)
Blocked Shots: none
Minutes Played: 16 vs. Georgia Tech (December 20, 1997)

? BEST'S CAREER NUMBERS ?
YEARGP-GSMIN (AVG) FG-FGA (%) 3P-3PA (%) FT-FTA (%) REB (AVG) PF-DASTTOBLKSTPTS (AVG)
1997-9816-0117 (7.3) 6-19 (.316) 3-11 (.273) 0-0 (.000) 16 (1.0) 12-013161215 (0.9)
1998-9910-031 (3.1) 2-6 (.333) 1-3 (.333) 1-4 (.250) 2 (0.2) 3-025006 (0.6)
TOTALS26-0148 (5.7) 8-25 (.320) 4-14 (.286) 1-4 (.250) 18 (0.7) 15-015211221 (1.3)

? BEST GAME-BY-GAME -

1998-99 (SOPHOMORE - Lousville)
OpponentMin.Fg-Fga3m-3aFt-FtaO-D-Reb.PFATOBSPts.
WESTERN KENTUCKY 30-00-00-00-0-0101000
at Mississippi 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
TOWSON STATE 10-00-00-00-0-0010000
at North Carolina 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
DEPAUL10-00-00-00-0-0000000
at Dayton 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
KENTUCKY00-00-00-00-0-0000000
MORGAN STATE 60-20-11-20-0-0012001
at Michigan State 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
ST. LOUIS 10-00-00-00-0-0000000
at South Florida 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
at Marquette 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
at DePaul 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
CINCINNATI00-00-00-00-0-0000000
UCLA00-00-00-00-0-0000000
at St. Louis 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
UNC CHARLOTTE 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
MEMPHIS10-00-00-00-0-0000010
MARQUETTE40-10-10-00-0-0000000
at UNC Charlotte 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
GEORGIA TECH 20-00-00-00-1-1001000
HOUSTON61-20-00-00-0-0101002
at Tulane 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
at Cincinnati 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
UAB61-11-10-20-1-1100000
at Southern Miss. 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
vs. St. Louis 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
vs. UAB 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
vs. UNC Charlotte 00-00-00-00-0-0000000
Totals312-61-31-40-2-2325016

1997-98 (FRESHMAN - Louisville)

OpponentMin.Fg-Fga3m-3aFt-FtaO-D-Reb.PFATOBSPts.
PURDUE60-00-00-00-2-2002000
ARKANSAS20-00-00-00-1-1000000
MOREHEAD STATE 140-00-00-00-1-1231013
vs. Georgia Tech 161-20-10-00-1-1141002
MISSISSIPPI62-32-30-01-0-1302006
at Kentucky 100-10-00-00-1-1021000
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 120-20-10-00-2-2021010
MARQUETTE80-10-10-00-1-1000000
ST. JOHN'S 40-00-00-00-1-1002000
DEPAUL61-20-10-00-1-1000002
at Syracuse 10-00-00-00-0-0001000
at UAB 20-00-00-00-0-0001000
CINCINNATI150-30-20-00-2-2300100
ST. LOUIS 30-00-00-00-2-2000100
at UNC CHARLOTTE 40-00-00-00-0-0002000
TULANE81-10-00-00-0121002
Totals1176-193-110-01-15-161013161215