June 15, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s basketball Head Coach Tim Miles announced Monday that the Rams have added University of Minnesota transfer Travis Busch to their 2009-10 roster.
Busch, a 2009 academic all-Big Ten selection who played two seasons for the Golden Gophers, graduated this spring with a degree in communications and has one year of eligibility remaining. He was granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible immediately, while pursuing a master’s degree in business at Colorado State and playing out his final season of eligibility with the Rams.
“We are excited to have Travis join us,” said Miles. “He is a person who values education, he’s got a dynamic personality, and he is a relentless basketball player. He will be a great fit for our program.”
Busch was the winner of the 2005 Minnesota Mr. Basketball award and spent one season at Cal-Poly before transferring to Minnesota after his freshman season. He sat out the 2006-07 season due to NCAA transfer rules but then played in 50 games over the next two seasons and averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.
“Travis has a wealth of experience at a high level and will make an impact on our program,” added Miles. “I expect he will step out of his role of a complementary player and into a leadership position on our team. He’s got the tools and work ethic to make big things happen for Rams basketball”
The 6-4, 220-pound forward faced off against the Rams last season in Minnesota’s dramatic win on Nov. 22 at Moby Arena as he tied his career high in rebounds (6) and set a career high in steals (3) in 23 minutes of action. Busch played in 30 of 33 games last season including 4 minutes of action in Minnesota’s first-round NCAA tournament game against Texas. He set a career high in points with 13 and added six rebounds on Dec. 20 against Louisville, who later advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Busch, a native of Mounds View, Minn., earned numerous player of the year honors in Minnesota following his prep career, which saw him become Mounds View High School’s all-time leading scorer with 1,771 points. He averaged over 25 points during his senior season while scoring a school-record 890 points in one year. He earned all-state honors following his junior and senior seasons and was also a three-time all-conference selection.