October 8, 2015 St. Pete senior guard Travis Bianco has started to see some Division I and Division II interest come his way, and though it’s not as heavy as he’d like right now, he says remaining patient is key.…
October 8, 2015
St. Pete senior guard Travis Bianco has started to see some Division I and Division II interest come his way, and though it’s not as heavy as he’d like right now, he says remaining patient is key.
“Recruitment has been kind of slow from me, I’m just trying to stay patient,” said Bianco. “But I’ve had some interest from University of Maine, Southeastern Louisiana, Indiana State has shown some interest as well, and then Eckerd College has been showing a lot of interest in me. That’s it for now, like I said I’m just trying to stay patient.”
“I’ve talked to all of the coaches and two of them have come to see me play; Southeastern Louisiana and Indiana State have both come to watch me pretty recently and we’re starting to form that player/coach relationship.”
Though he’d like to play Division I ball, and is confident in his ability to, Bianco says Division II is a level he’d consider as well.
“I’d definitely say Eckerd College is after me the most, I feel they’re pretty close to offering me right now,” he said. “I do know that I can play at the Division I level, I just have to stay patient and everything, but I’m not going to turn down any Division II offer that I may get.”
The 6-foot-3 shooting guard spent his spring and summer running with NTF, and says improving his ball-handling was a focus of his.
“I just felt like my main role was to be a scorer and I feel like I did that real well. And also I was required to handle the ball a lot more than I usually do, so I feel like my ball-handling in-game improved a lot over the summer,” said Bianco, PHF’s 63rd-ranked 2016.
“My strengths are definitely shooting, whether it’s off the dribble or catch-and-shoot, also I feel like athleticism is a strength of mine too. I like the fast-break a lot, I feel like I’m an athletic fast-break type of scorer, and I can score in the paint as well.”
“I could definitely improve on my ball-handling, I’ve been working on it a lot but I know i can improve on it a lot. Also my defense, especially my one-on-one defense, it’s getting better but it’s something that I know I need to work on.”
Last season as a junior the talented guard averaged 18 points per game for the Green Devils. This season he’d like to see his production increase, and says he’ll be the leader of the team.
“Last year I had to step into a much bigger role, especially scoring. And I think I’ll have to make an even bigger leap with my scoring this season,” said Bianco. “I’m also taking that leadership role as well as the scoring role, just to push everybody on the court throughout the season, and make sure we go as far as we can.”