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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.

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.

The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.

It wasn’t pretty.

And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.

Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.

The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.

But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: