Nov 18, 2022
If you are going to try to contact Dylan Travis ’16 do not wait until the weekend; he is busy trying to land a spot on Team USA’s 3x3 basketball roster for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Based on a recent result, Travis might have to start brushing up on his French.
Playing for USA Basketball, Travis was a member of the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) 3x3 Team that won the gold medal in the AmeriCup earlier in November in Miami.
The four-man team consisting of Travis, former NBA and college star Jimmer Fredette, and former NCAA Division I standouts Canyon Barry and Kareem Maddox, beat Puerto Rico 21-18 in the final. The team was coached by former Division I head coach turned commentator for ESPN Fran Fraschilla.
Travis, who helped Florida Southern College’s men’s basketball team to the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship, is now hunting an Olympic medal to match his championship ring.
“It’s been crazy,” Travis said. “I’ve been (all over the world) and now I’m playing 3x3. It’s been a super wild journey. I’m so thankful for basketball. It’s been a blessing for sure. What we did at Florida Southern was very special. We had the entire school on our backs. This time I had the whole country. The U.S. is always expected to win in basketball. There was pressure, but I feel like I do well under pressure.”
For the 2015 Division II national champion Moccasins, Travis played a key role coming off the bench. While he didn’t start any games during that season, he averaged 11.3 points and scored 18 in Florida Southern’s 77-62 title game victory over Indiana (Pa.).
A year later, as a senior, Travis started every game and averaged 21.5 points in Mike Donnelly’s first year at the helm of the Moccasins. Travis also was the first Mocs player in the then 89-year history of the program to record a triple-double, as he put up 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 128-84 win over Miles College.
Travis parlayed that senior season success into professional career stops in Brazil, Germany, and Australia, where he was a member of several championship teams.
Now Travis is hoping for a spot on USA Basketball’s 3x3 FIBA World Cup team next summer, and eventually a spot on Team USA in Paris.
“It’s up to the U.S. selection committee,” he said. “I hope I’m on that roster next summer.”
In the meantime, when he’s not teaching and coaching basketball to at-risk youths in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., Travis plays with his 3x3 team in tournaments all over the world on the weekends.
Travis is a member of Omaha 3Ball, which recently returned from Saudi Arabia with a third-place finish. Before that, Omaha 3Ball won the 2021 3x3 U.S. National Championship and finished second in 2022.
“It’s nice playing at a high level professionally to make money and still scratching the basketball itch,” Travis said. “I had no idea about 3x3 at first, but I love keeping my pro career alive. I never thought I’d be chosen for a U.S. national team, or that I’d get to play with one of the guys I grew up watching (Fredette).”
Travis even has a connection to this year’s Florida Southern men’s basketball team, which started the year 2-0 after picking up wins over Flagler and No. 5 West Texas A&M in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic.
Current Moc Jadin Booth is also from Omaha, Neb., and Travis helped him to get on Donnelly’s radar and eventually got him to Lakeland.
“I coached Jadin in high school,” said Travis, before he started working with at-risk youths.
Travis said that when his playing days are over, he’d be thrilled if he could get back to Florida, and maybe earn a spot as an assistant coach at Florida Southern.
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