Travers’ terrific showing instills confidence

THERE has been plenty of hype surrounding the performance of Perth Wildcats young gun Luke Travers, who has returned to the squad after his selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Wildcats played two games in the second round of the 2022/23 NBL season over the weekend, and Travers was a key contributor as Perth went two from two.

With increased responsibility in what looms as his final season in the red and black, Travers seems to have stepped up, with the guard showing even more facets to an already impressive arsenal. One of the biggest local success stories to emerge from the NBL, he looks set for a career-best season.

Luke Travers in Round 2

vs. Illawarra Hawks – 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals
vs. Cairns Taipans – eight points, nine rebounds, two assists, three steals

Despite still coming off the bench, Travers has received increased minutes to start the season, playing over 20 in both games. Coach John Rillie shows no hesitation in injecting the youngster into the game, and he has been rewarded so far this season.

Against the Hawks, Travers was at his best, and even showed some fresh positive signs throughout the game. With 14 points, just under half of his shot attempts found the bottom of the net, and he was not afraid to pull the trigger on some inside shots when given the opportunity. Once again involved in pick and roll actions, Travers’ decision making has emerged as one of the strongest parts of his game, and should only improve as his career rolls on.

Perth young gun Luke Travers controls the ball in round 1.
Photo: Perth Wildcats via Twitter.

One of Travers’ weaknesses to date has been his shooting from range, but that was one of his strengths against Illawarra. With an improved shooting stroke, the guard looked as confident as ever from behind the arc. Both of his two attempts from downtown found the bottom of the net, and if he can continue to implement long-range shooting into his game, it makes him a much more complete prospect.

Travers’ rebounding has always been reliable, and it was on full display in both games, recording 16 over the two games. His size is not the reason for this, it is the youngster’s timing and his ability to fly in third man up to take the ball above his boxed out peers.

If Travers can produce a few more field goals, then he will become one of the most improved players of the competition. The youngster has dedicated this season to improving his individual game, and Round 2 was certainly a step in the right direction.

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