|Born||July 12, 1972|
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school|| Springfield Central |
|College||Georgia Tech (1991–1995)|
|NBA draft||1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|Number||4, 7, 1, 3|
|2004–2005||New Jersey Nets|
|2007||Asseco Prokom Gdynia|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||5,736 (7.6 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,249 (1.8 rpg)|
|Assists||2,444 (3.5 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Travis Best, (born July 12, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player, who played in the NBA and in Europe.
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Best attended Springfield Central High School, starring on teams that amassed a 69-4 record in his three varsity seasons. He was awarded the Lahovich Award, presented to the top player in Western Massachusetts, after his senior year. Best scored a state-record 81 points in a single game during that season.With then-sophomore teammate Edgar Padilla, a future UMass standout, Best led his 25-0 team to the 1991 Division I state championship and a No. 15 ranking in the final USA Today Top 25. After considering both UConn and the University of Virginia, Best chose Georgia Tech.
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At Georgia Tech, Best teamed with fellow McDonald's All-American James Forrest for four years. The duo lead the Yellow Jackets to the 1993 ACC Tournament Championship, their first since 1990. Best was named to the All-ACC third-team as a sophomore, earning second-team honors as a junior and as a senior. Best led the ACC in assist-to-turnover ratio and free-throw percentage as a senior, while capturing ACC Player of the Week honors a league-record five times.
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Best ranked in the top six in Tech history in points, assists, minutes, 3-point field goals made and steals at the conclusion of his collegiate career. He was one of only three ACC players to score 2,000 points with 600 assists (UNC's Phil Ford and Maryland's Greivis Vasquez are the other two). He earned honorable-mention All-America honors from The Associated Press and was a nominee for the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the best player in the nation under 6 feet (1.8 m).
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