Travis Peterson

Travis James Peterson (born May 18, 1985 in Glendale, Arizona) is an American professional basketball player. The 6 foot 10 inch and 225 lbs. center/power forward is a former NCAA Division 1 collegiate athlete. He played five seasons (2003–2008) at Samford University under head coach, Jimmy Tillette, mostly playing the center position. He graduated from Samford in 2008. He attended Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona which is where he was born and raised.[1] He currently plays professionally for the Eurochallenge League contenders, BK Hoverla located in Ukraine.

High School Career

Peterson averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game under head coach Drew Tutt at Mountain Ridge High School. He began his career playing the point guard position until he underwent a six-inch growth spurt late in his career. He shot 55 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the charity stripe throughout his prep career. He was awarded All-State Team member and First-Team All-Northwest Region as well as the MVP of the Region as a senior and was selected to play in the Arizona Prep Showcase that featured the top-40 high school players in the state.[2]

Collegiate career

Peterson earned a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Samford University under Head coach, Jimmy Tillette. As a sophomore (2005–06), Peterson averaged 29 minutes per game and finished 3rd on the team in 3-point percentage at .409. He was named to the 2009 OVC All-Tournament Team. He also led the OVC in assist/turnover ratio (2.88) and was ranked fourth in the conference in blocks per game with 1.1.[3] He averaged 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.[4] His Junior season (2006–07) he led his team in rebounds with 159 at an average of 5.0 per game. He was named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team. He averaged 32.4 minutes per game and 11.3 points per game that season.[5] He also had 78 assists and a team-high 36 blocks. He was ranked second in the OVC in blocks with 1.1 per game. He averaged 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds during OVC play. He ended this season as Samford's career leader in points (723), rebounds (286), and assists (179). He was also named to the OVC All-Tournament team.

Pro career

Peterson entered his rookie season in 2008 with Rilski Sportist who plays in the International Balkan League as well as the Bulgarian National League. He proved himself to be a serious threat in these leagues. He was awarded Most Valuable Player of the Balkan League in 2009[6] and was listed on Eurobasket.com as the Balkan League Import player of the year, Center of the year and Player of the year.[7] He also led Rilski to the 2009 Balkan League Championship. He played with Rilski Sportist for 2 consecutive seasons (2008–2010), where he continued to dominate the league as the leading rebounder and finished 3rd in scoring. He was awarded MVP of the Balkan league for the second season in a row and led his team to a 2nd place finish for the National Cup.[8] For the 2010-2011 season he signed with Lukoil Academic, who was a Euro Cup qualifying team.[9] They competed in the Eurochallenge league finishing in the top 8 in 2011. They were also National Bulgarian Champions and Bulgarian National Cup Champions this year. Peterson signed with BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic for the 2011-12 season. He was selected for the Czech All-Star team in 2012 and helped his team to a 2nd place finish in the Czech league. Peterson currently plays for BK Hoverla in Ivanov-Frankovsk, Ukraine.

Personal

Travis grauduated from Samford with a degree in Economics and Business management. He married his wife, Jackie Peterson (Jaszcz), in June 2009. They reside in Peoria, Arizona.

References

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