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Luke Travers Signs Long-Term Deal with Wildcats

Highly touted Perth Wildcats development player Luke Travers has signed a three-year contract extension to remain with his home town club.

 

The sought-after 18-year-old opted to forgo college basketball in the United States and begin his professional career immediately.

 

Travers is thrilled to be securing his future with the Wildcats.

 

“It’s a great opportunity for me to remain a part of the organisation I’ve grown up supporting,” he said.

 

“I’m looking forward to focusing on my development under great coaches, an elite strength program and surrounded by guys who lead by example.

 

“I’m ready to become a professional.”

 

Wildcats head coach Trevor Gleeson said it’s pleasing to see another WA talent choose to continue his development in Perth.

 

“The Wildcats is a great place to develop and grow. He’ll be learning off some of the best professionals in the League. He sees how they operate every day, he’ll see how Bryce Cotton puts in extra work to be an elite shooter and those things rub off on young players.”

 

“Luke’s talented, he’s tall, he’s got a good basketball IQ and a great feel for the game and now it’s going to be an exciting journey to see where he takes that talent.”

 

A product of the Basketball WA high performance program, Travers represented Australia at the international level throughout his junior career.

 

At last year’s FIBA Under-17 World Cup in Argentina, he was one of Australia’s best, averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists

 

He was also part of Australia’s Gold Medal-winning Under-16 Asia Cup side in 2017, contributing 11.2 points and 7.4 boards.

 

Playing alongside Wildcats rookie Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, Travers also helped break a 17-year drought for WA, winning gold at the 2018 Under-18 National Championships.

 

Perth Wildcats assistant coach Scott Roth has worked with some of the world’s best players from a young age and believes Travers has NBA potential.

 

“The things that jump out to me are his size, his skill level. Being 18 years old, the sky’s the limit for him. He’s only getting better with experience and some weight on him but he’s definitely got NBA calibre talent, it’s just a matter of slowly putting everything together,” he said.

 

“He could be a different version of the next Joe Ingles, a guy that is multifaceted, can handle the ball, can pass, and is a deceiving athlete.

 

“He’s in a great organisation with very high level professional players around him, so to learn from those kind of guys is invaluable.”

 

Luke Travers stands at 197cm and weighs 93kg.

 

He was signed as a development player by the Wildcats prior to the 2019/20 NBL season.

 

So far Travers has played two NBL games, including a debut where he finished with four assists and hit a three in 10 minutes of action.

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