Reid Travis will be attending Stanford University.
The power forward, ranked No. 23 in the nation by ESPN.com announced his long-awaited decision in a crowded conference room at De La Salle High School on Friday, which is also the Gophers season opener.
Travis is the first of the local 'Big Three' -- including Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn -- to make his college decision.
Travis was also considering the Gophers and until this morning, Duke.
More to come soon on this blog and on Startribune.com.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.