Travis Busch to Leave Gophers Program

Travis Busch, a 6-foot-4 junior guard who transferred to Minnesota from Cal Poly as a walk-on and later earned a scholarship, has decided to leave the Minnesota men's basketball team. He would not be on scholarship, due to the team signing four players in the early signing period. Busch averaged 3.7 points per game last season.

Travis Busch will graduate next month with a degree in communications and is expected to transfer to a Division II school, where he would be eligible immediately. Busch was Mr. Basketball Minnesota in 2005 at Mounds View after leading the Mustangs to the state tournament. He was also named Gatorade Player of the Year, Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and Associated Press Player of the Year.

Busch signed with Cal Poly, but left after an injury-plagued freshman season. He played in four games before injuring his foot and missing the rest of the season. Busch started one game and averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Busch received a scholarship the past two seasons since the team had available scholarships. However, the Gophers signed four players and lose only two to graduation, meaning Busch would not be on scholarship as a senior.

Busch is an excellent student who was an academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree with a 3.6 grade-point average last semester.

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