It wasn’t exactly a straight shot for Prince of Peace graduate Travis Witt to make it to his final college basketball season. Nonetheless, he’s there.
“In high school I always knew I wanted to play college basketball and when I chose not to I realized how much I missed it,” Witt said. “I realized that if I still had the chance to play then why not? And get an education while doing so.”
Witt was a guard for the Irish, graduating in 2012. He was one of the scoring leaders his senior year, averaging 14.3 points per game and was the leading rebounder, pulling down 9 boards a game. He also led the team in 3-pointers made, assists and steals his senior season.
After his career with Prince of Peace was over, Witt went on to Clinton Community College. When CCC cut their basketball program, he has a choice to make: stop playing the sport he loved or transfer.
Witt deiced to continue his athletic career at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Ill. After completing his two years at Carl Sandburg, it was time to make another move.
“I actually met one of the recruiting ladies for Culver Stockton College at a college fair at Carl Sandburg,” Witt said. “My cousin also ran cross country here, so I talked to her about the school. I got the feeling it was a really good school.”
Witt is in his second and final season for the Wildcats, taking his talents to Canton, Missouri. The small town in Northern Missouri is a bit of a change, even coming from small town Iowa.
“It was a little bit of an adjustment to not having too many things to do around town,” Witt said. “It’s not bad though. Quincy is just across the river so that’s close if you want something big city.”
Plus, it’s a bit tough for Witt to make it back to see friends and family in Clinton.
“I wish I could make it back more, but basketball lasts so long that there’s not much time to get home,” Witt said. Even so his mother, Karen, is certainly no stranger to Wildcats athletics. “She comes to as many home games as she can, but it’s still a three hour drive. All the games she can make it to, she does.”
Last year, Witt played in 30 games for the Wildcats, contributing on offense and rebounding. It’s still early on this season, with conference starting next week.
“It hasn’t hit yet because preseason is just busy. Conference starts next Wednesday and I think once we get through the first half of that and we’re looking at the tournament and where we stand, then it’ll start hitting me,” Witt said. “This is it, there are only so many games left.”
After so much time in college athletics, Witt is making sure to keep a little bit of humor in it all.
“I made a goal for myself. I said I was going to bring a permanent marker to each game and sign autographs for people, just random people, and call it my ‘Farewell Tour’,” Witt said. “I look forward to conference starting so I can start doing that.”
“I have a permanent marker in my bag right now,” he added before heading to a preseason game against Columbia College.
Witt is now thinking about what he’s going to do after graduating with a business marketing degree — looking at internships and full-time jobs. It wasn’t necessarily a straight path to where he is now, but he says it’s how it was supposed to happen and he’s happy with it.
“I’d say it’s all part of the process,” Witt said. “There are certain steps to everybody’s life path, and I think junior college was just a part of mine and what was best for me. I went to a small school and worked my way to a bigger school, I don’t regret it.”