After excelling in the NBA G League and National Basketball League, has Travis Trice earned a Summer League invite from the New York Knicks?
In his first professional season, Travis Trice joined a Westchester Knicks squad that was prepared to make great strides. Alongside Jimmer Fredette and several top-notch defensive players such as Darion Atkins and Jordan Bachynski, the Westchester Knicks finished with a 28-22 record and made their first-ever playoff appearance.
Trice played a huge role in the team’s success, as he helped lead the team’s offense by averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 assists per game on 43.7 percent shooting from the field.
After spending his rookie season in Westchester, Trice took his talents to Cairns Taipans of the National Basketball League (NBL). The Michigan State product helped lead the team to the NBL playoffs and was awarded the club MVP award.
After finishing his season in Australia, Trice returned to the states and rejoined the Westchester Knicks late in the season. Despite only playing nine games in his second stint, he showed that he took his game to a new level.
The 6’2″ guard took on a heavier load due to the injuries the team had. In that role, Trice was able to come in and help lead the Knicks’ offense by adding a playmaker to the team.
Also, Trice was able to showcase his 3-point game, which was something he didn’t have in his arsenal during his first stint with the team. By adding a 3-point game, Trice became stronger on the offensive end.
In nine games, he shot 51.6 percent from beyond the arc.
After seeing Trice perform well during his Westchester career (60 career games), Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller said Trice’s play will help him get some mini camp and Summer League invites.
“He took on a heavier load to what he was trying to do, but you saw what he did,” Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller said. “He’s going to go out and play and he continues to play and hopefully that will help him get some looks to get to some mini camps and get a good Summer League spot [and] try to get a training camp spot on a team where he has a chance to make their team.”
Two months after the 2016-17 NBA G League season finished, Travis Trice was a part of a group of players who attended the Detroit Pistons’ free agent mini-camp.
On Friday, June 30, it was revealed that Trice would appear on the Bucks’ Summer League roster.
It’s a deserved opportunity.
During his short time with the Knicks, Trice was able to sharpen his steel against some NBA competition—whether it was players on assignment or players who have played in the Association previously.
“[Tim] Quarterman is an NBA guard,” Miller said. “He’s here on assignment. He’s been there the whole time. It’s not like he just showed up to play. He’s been there, so he’s ingrained in what they’re doing, so he got to play against an NBA guard. He played against Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum and Kevin Murphy. All that have been in the NBA.”
After Travis Trice wrapped up his second stint with the Westchester Knicks, he showed that he has made strides in his game. He has a solid midrange game and can run the team’s offense.
Trice mentioned that playing in Australia was more physical, but it helped him. After playing a combined two seasons in Westchester and Australia, Trice has positioned himself for a Summer League invite.
The Milwaukee Bucks have granted him that opportunity.