Travin Thibodeaux, Brusly’s 6’7” senior basketball standout, on Wednesday, signed a basketball scholarship to attend the University of New Orleans.
Thibodeaux was offered scholarships from UNO, the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Murray State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, among other schools.
“I want to thank my entire family for all their love and support,” Thibodeaux said in a prepared speech after his signing. “I also want to thank my peers for support and believing in me.”
Harold Boudreaux, Brusly head basketball coach, said that Thibodeaux’s biggest asset as a player, aside from his defensive ability, is his intangibles.
“He allows himself to be coached. We forget about the academic side - He scored a 21 on the ACT (as a junior), he has a 3.1 GPA, he’s very coachable. He brings a lot of energy,” Boudreaux said. “ The biggest thing about Thibodeaux is that he listens, he works hard, and he does everything that you ask.”
Thibodeaux said that he believes, after speaking with coaches at UNO, that he will have an opportunity to play as a true freshman - an opportunity he is excited about.
“I really buy into what (UNO head coach Mark Slessinger) is saying. He’s a good dude,” Thibodeaux, adding that Slessinger told him he thought he was very underrated as a player and wants to afford Thibodeaux the opportunity to prove to other schools just how good he is. “If I don’t start, I’m going to be playing a lot.”
April Thibodeaux, Travin’s mother, said that she is excited about the opportunity her son will have academically.
“I am so thankful. It’s such a blessing to have him have a full ride to a higher university. He’s excited about playing basketball for the Privateers, I’m excited about the academic part of it,” she said. “ Every coach said he was a rounded young man and especially how recruitable he was because of his grades. I’m really proud of him.”
Travis said that though he is excited about his future, he is focused on finishing high school and dominating the court as a Panther in his senior year.
“Last year I was primarily a defensive player, but this year I’ll be doing a little bit of everything because we took a huge hit from losing our four seniors. Everybody thinks we’re going to have a huge drop off, but I think we’re going to pick up where we left off because we’ve got some good young guys who are going to come in and do a lot of good things for us,” he said.
Travin Thibodeaux opted out of playing football during his senior year to remain focused on basketball, playing in AAU leagues and participating in camps.
“(Not playing football) allowed me more opportunities to do more things with basketball because with football it would have interfered, and I would have had to miss practices and all that,” he said. “I’ve been to a lot of camps and I’ve been to a lot of tournaments that I probably wouldn’t have been able to go to because of football practice.”
Travin Thibodeaux said that he feels he made the right decision by signing with the Privateers and he is ready to compete during his senior year in preparation for what is to come as a college athlete.
“I feel great. I’m one step closer to my dream. As a kid it was my dream to play professional basketball, and I’m one step closer. I just feel really great about it.”