If you ask Travis Woodruff about his daughter’s immense basketball skills, chances are you’re going to come away thinking that he actually was the one who struck up the conversation.
By and large, it doesn’t take much to fuel Woodruff’s desire to go on and on by enlightening the world of just how much of a true talent his daughter, Travia Woodruff, has become.
In many cases, in fact, people who have witnessed her ongoing rise as an amateur basketball phenom don’t have to consult him to learn all they need to know about her passion and high IQ for the game.
Simply put, Travis Woodruff’s Facebook page, which are blanketed by an assortment of images of his daughter and teammates, will tell people all they need to know about how well this vibrant, progressive youth athlete has steadfastly found her niche in her sport.
So go ahead.
Go ahead and ask Travis Woodruff about his daughter’s wealth of basketball skills, and chances are you’re going to come away thinking that he actually was the one who struck up the conversation.
“Over the years, I’ve watched my daughter get better at her ball handling skills; she is quick on the court,” Travis Woodruff told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Tuesday. “She is not selfish. She’s a great team player, very easy going, and gets along well with others.”
Then there is Travia’s mother, Demetris Woodruff who, like her husband, is just as enthused and forthcoming as it pertains to assessing their daughter’s talents on and off the court.
“Her dad and I constantly push her to strive for greatness,” Demetris Woodruff said of Travia. “Travia has a 3.8 grade point average, and I let it be known that education comes first and that basketball is second. She is doing good, keeping her grades up and playing basketball. I couldn’t ask for a better daughter.”
A point guard who stars for Nettleton Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Travia Woodruff has been afforded the golden opportunity to demonstrate just how proud she’s made her parents.
That’s because this weekend, the 5-foot-4, 14-year-old standout will be amongst a slew of athletes from around the country who will compete in the annual All-American Middle School Game in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four.
For Travia Woodruff, who is the catalyst for the Jonesboro-area JB Ballers AAU team her father founded, having the chance to compete on Middle School’s grandest stage is something about which she will cherish for a lifetime, considering such an honor will provide her with the necessary exposure she needs in this ever-so-popular sport.
Travia Woodruff boasts lofty aspirations of earning a basketball scholarship once her high school career ends. According to her parents, Henderson State, North Platte Community College, North Arkansas College, and Robert Morris University are amongst the schools already keeping a close watch of her.
“I would like (college coaches) to know that I am a hardworking student-athlete who always takes education first and criticism on the court that makes me work harder,” Travia Woodruff said. “I workout 4-to-5 days a week. My biggest strengths as a player are court vision and getting my teammates involved. My weakness as a player is my shooting skills.”
Luckily for her, she has an array of time to atone for her weaknesses, thus make a favorable impression upon college scouts and recruiters.
Especially this weekend in Indy, where she will be thrust upon Middle School basketball’s grandest stage.
“(Some college) will be inheriting a good student-athlete and point guard who will work hard and lead their team to many wins and also excel on the court and in the classrooms,” Travia Woodruff said.
Which, of course, is why her parents are so blown away by her immense talents.
On and off the court.
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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.