Buck signs to play for FSCC

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

Crest High Photo
Travis Buck, Crest High senior, recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Fort Scott Community College. On hand for the signing were his parents Larry and Janet Buck and (at right) Crest head coach Travis Hermreck.

COLONY — The signings have started for Crest High School’s basketball team.
Travis Buck is the first Lancer senior to sign a letter of intent to play basketball at the college level next year. Buck, who is part of the nucleus of Crest’s two-year run to the Kansas Class 1A state basketball tournament, signed recently with Fort Scott Community College.
Buck is a 6-6 post player who patrolled the lane at both ends for the Lancers. In the past three years, Crest has compiled a 65-10 record which included the 26-2 run of 2008 and third place at the state tournament. In 2008-2009, the Lancers were top-ranked throughout the season in Class 1A, and ran up a perfect regular season record.
Crest, 25-1, went back to the state tournament and lost in the first round of play.
“I consider Travis to be a diamond in the rough and he will find success at Fort Scott,” said Travis Hermreck, third-year head coach at CHS.
Buck earned Three Rivers League honorable mention as a junior and senior. Crest was back-to-back undefeated TRL champions. Buck averaged three points and two rebounds a game and shot 41 percent from the field.
“Travis is a big kid who knows the team concept of playing basketball both offensively and defensively,” said Mike Cook, Fort Scott Community College head men’s basketball coach.
“Here at Fort Scott our first need is to find good Kansas talent in the southeast Kansas area to come here. Travis has good height and strong fundamentals coming out of a very good high school program.”
Cook said Buck will find the transition from high school to junior college basketball rough “but he has the work ethic to succeed.” Cook said Buck is a great defensive player and rebounder and they believe Buck can develop into a scorer on the blocks for the Greyhounds.
“I liked the coach and his coaching style. They needed big guys and see my potential,” said Buck. “I was familiar with Fort Scott because my older brother, Lynn, played at Fort Scott.
“I believe I can go in and contribute to the team playing on the inside for them.”
Another twist is Buck’s other brother, Nathan, is playing for Labette Community College in Parsons. The two will playing against each other next year during Jayhawk Eastern Division action.
Buck plans to major in criminal justice. He is the son of Larry and Janet Buck of rural Iola.