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Report: Top 50 recruit Reid Travis quits football to focus on hoops

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Reid Travis wasn’t exactly a secret heading into this summer’s grassroots hoops circuit, but thanks to a growth spurt that added a couple of inches to his now 6-foot-7, 235 pound frame, Travis has some of the best programs in the country chasing him down.

He’s already visited Gonzaga officially and currently has Michigan State, UCLA and Stanford knocking down his door while also receiving heavy interest from Minnesota as they try to keep the local kid local.

Those extra couple of inches also may have forced Travis’ hand in terms of the sport that he will play in college. Travis is not only a high major hoops prospect, but he was being recruited by the likes of Minnesota, Boston College, Iowa and Rutgers to play football. He was listed as a “pro-style quarterback” by Rivals, but those extra inches combined with the coordination and soft hands that he’s developed as a basketball player made him an ideal tight end prospect.

Over the summer, Travis told NBCSports.com that if he wasn’t playing quarterback in college, he wasn’t playing football in college. And it looks like Travis has come to the realization that his destiny may have been as a tight end.

The No. 40 prospect in the Class of 2014 announced on Wednesday night that he would not be playing football as a senior at DeLaSalle HS, instead focusing on his basketball career.

“When he got back from the adidas Nations (basketball tournament), he said he was just missing too much of the skill stuff they were doing,” Nate Travis, Reid’s father, told the Pioneer Press. “Football is one of those sports where you just can’t get out there without getting your body and your mind on track. If he wasn’t going to do it in college, then maybe he should focus more on the basketball aspect.”

That may be the best option for Travis from a health perspective, as football can take a toll on an athlete’s body.

And besides, if he doesn’t end up becoming a pro in basketball down the road, he can always follow the trail blazed by the likes of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?