Travis Ballard headed to Jackson State   

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TravisBallard.JPGIrvine Valley sophomore men's basketball player Travis Ballard has committed to Jackson State University, according to Laser Coach Jerry Hernandez.

Ballard was scheduled to travel to Jackson, Miss. Friday to be ready for classes, which start on Monday.
Hernandez said Ballard was invited as a preferred walk-on for the Jackson State team with an admissions scholarship.
"I am really happy for him and hope that it works out," Hernandez said. "Travis is a really hard-working kid and was a great leader on our team. He was a really big part of the success we had over the last couple of years."
Ballard, a 5-10 point guard, was a two-year player at Irvine Valley. He started all 31 games for the Lasers this past season as the Lasers had their best ever season.
The team made its first ever trip to the state tournament, finished second in one of the top conference's in the state and won the second-most games (26-5) in school history.
Irvine Valley was also ranked in the top five in the state for most of the season.
Ballard averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in eight contests, including four in a row to start Orange Empire Conference play. His top-scoring game was 16 points in a 89-82 loss to Cypress on Jan. 6. Ballard had a season-best six assists in a 66-55 win over Santa Ana on Feb. 10.
Ballard played in all 31 of Irvine Valley's games during the 2008-09 season and averaged 2.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists Ballard was a standout player at Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley before coming to Irvine Valley. He was named all-Inland Valley League as both a junior and senior and helped Canyon Springs reach the CIF semifinals as a senior.
Ballard is heading to a Jackson State team that finished with a record of 19-13 last season. The Tigers made the NIT Tournament where they lost in the first round to Mississippi State.
Jackson State competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Posted by  Nathan Quach  on  8/19/2010
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