TRAVIS GRANT AWARD
and shot an astounding 64% for his career (1,760 – 2,750) while leading Kentucky State to three consecutive NAIA National Championships (1970, 1971 & 1972). During that three-year National Championship run, the Grant led the Thorobreds to an overall record of 88-10 and a four-year record of 103-19. Travis still holds the NAIA Tournament records for points in a game (60), tournament (213) and career (518), along with field goals in a game (27), tournament (89) and career (223). Grant was named First Team All American for three straight years (1970, 1971 and 1972), NAIA All Tournament Team for three straight years and NAIA Tournament MVP for his final two years (1971 and 1972).
Grant was given the Lapchick Award as the finest collegiate player in America after his senior year, which was the first time that this award was ever given to a small college player. Travis was a first-round draft pick by the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. He graduated from Kentucky State University with his Bachelor’s degree, and later earned his Master’s degree from West Georgia University. After his professional career, he worked in education in the Atlanta area for 29 years before retiring in 2010.
The Travis Grant Award will be presented annually to the senior who has had the finest overall four-year career within Small College Basketball. Considerations will be overall career statistics and achievements, team achievements, awards, academic standing, personal character and community involvement. This will be the highest award given to a four-year player within Small College Basketball.
Travis Grant is one of the all-time great collegiate players, as he finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of college basketball (4,045 points)