Senior Travis Clower (Romney, W.V./Hampshire) has hit his stride this basketball season. He was a consistent threat in last week’s games, scoring 16 points in each. He shot 46.2% from the floor, including 7-for-15 from three-point range.
Head Coach Melvin Felix has seen a lot of growth in his guard.
“Travis's play has been crucial for our team and his development has been phenomenal,” said Coach Felix. “Last season he was a role player and this season he has stepped into being one of our captains. He is looking to score and be a playmaker more and has had a good senior season so far!
“I think a lot of time in the gym, both the basketball court and the weight room, allowed me to be prepared,” Travis said, reflecting on the work he did coming into this season. “Also just taking past experiences and learning from them, and just trying to do my best every time I’m on the floor.”
As for his sharp-shooting three-point shot which is coming back into its own this year, Travis says it comes down to trust.
“Just constantly trusting my work I’m putting in,” he said. “Coaches giving me the green light to shoot and having the confidence, everyone believing in me.”
And Coach Felix does believe in him.
“He means a lot to the team,” said Coach Felix. “He is our vocal leader and he wears that role with pride every day in games and practices."
The EMU men’s team five seniors from last year, including four long-time starters. This year’s team has done a lot of work to fill those roles.
“It’s been tough, it’s been growing pains for sure,” Travis said. “But this group has a lot of trust in each other and we just take what coach tells us and we try to do the best we can. We’re young but we’re talented, so we trust each other and have confidence in each other.”
Travis is majoring in exercise science and kinesiology with a psychology minor.
“I’m considering occupational therapy school, but as of now I’m taking a gap year and just trying to see what my options are and feel it out from there.”
Travis has been playing basketball since elementary school. His uncle introduced him to the game when he was in fourth grade.
“Ever since then I’ve loved the game and loved the competitive aspect of it, and how you can work on the game by yourself...it’s kind of like an art.”
He’s been hooked ever since.
“I just love getting better and I love competing out on the floor with my teammates and coaching staff.”
Now he’s in his last season of basketball.
“It’s really sad, actually, because I’m wondering what I’ll do with my time once I finish...you devote so much time and effort into it, into the sport.”
But for Travis, it’s about living in the moment.
“I’m just trying to enjoy every practice, every game, every minute out there, just soak it all in.”
-- by Elizabeth Nisly, EMU Sports Information Writing Intern