Alaska import an ‘all-around player’ like high school teammate LeBron James
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 05, 2015 07:39 PM
LIKE LEBRON? Romeo Travis may have played alongside LeBron James in high school, but he modestly asserted that his talent is far from whom he called the best player in the world.
Right off the bat, Alaska import Romeo Travis shot down expectations that he will be flashing the same game his high school teammate has.
“We’re very different players. LeBron (James) is the best player in the world. I’m just pretty good. I’m just trying to help my team the best I can,” Travis told reporters after his tis team’s conference-opening victory on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
James and Travis played side-by-side in St. Vincent-St. Mary High School’s national championship in 2003.
With how he describes his game, however, anyone cannot be faulted to mistake Travis for the NBA's four-time MVP and two-time champion. “I’m an all-around player. If somebody’s open, I’m gonna make the pass. I wanna defend. I wanna rebound. I just want to help the team win,” he said.
Travis’ debut stat line did not belie his claims as he ended with 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
Still, the Alaska import deflected assumptions that he will be his team’s LeBron. “This team doesn’t need me to shoot 20 or 30 shots a game to help us win,” he said.
Coach Alex Compton also can only agree with his reinforcement by saying, “He’s solid, smart, a good teammate, a good team player, a good defender. He’s not one of those guys that I think will be wowing the crowd with 50-point games and stepback fadeaway threes, but I think he’s the kind of guy who will frequently make the right decision.”
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