Britt decides on juco power
RANTOUL — Travis Britt finally settled on a college destination.
The Rantoul senior, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year, will attend Coffeyville Community College, a junior college in southeast Kansas with a strong basketball reputation. Coffeyville produced three players from the 2011-12 season who recently signed with Division I schools.
Coffeyville went 28-4 last season and favors an up-tempo style that Britt thrived on during his two seasons with the Eagles.
"They're very similar to the way Rantoul plays," Britt said. "They're very fast, up and down, and with a lot of athleticism. It'll definitely be fun."
Britt was a large part of the Eagles' success in 2011-12, leading Rantoul in points (18.3), rebounds (5.0), steals (3.0), assists (2.4), blocked shots (1.4) and three-pointers made (58). Rantoul finished 21-6.
The recruiting process started early in Britt's basketball career. Even before he returned to Rantoul for his junior year after spending his first two seasons at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., several Division I schools showed interest. Britt said Ball State and Eastern Illinois were in the mix his senior year, but Ball State pulled his scholarship offer after receiving a commitment from another player, and the head coaching change that happened at Eastern Illinois when Mike Miller was fired and Jay Spoonhour replaced him affected his decision.
This spring, Britt visited Southern Indiana, a Division II powerhouse, along with John A. Logan College in Carterville besides heading out to Coffeyville.
"It's a relief for him," Rantoul head coach Brett Frerichs said about Britt's recruitment ending. "I know Travis is such a nice kid that he didn't want to hurt anybody's feelings. There's some schools that came down to the wire, and he felt bad about telling them that he wasn't going to commit to them. It was hard for him in that aspect, but he's definitely ready to move on."
"I'm really relieved," he said. "It was a lot of stress talking to college coaches every other day. They were waiting on my decision, just like everyone else was waiting. It feels good to finally get it out of the way."