Florida State defensive back commitment Travis Jay was named the All-Big Bend Player of the Year in boys basketball by the Tallahassee Democrat on Friday and the Class of 2019 football star is looking more and more like a potential two-sport star every day.
Jay expressed the desire to play both football and basketball for the Seminoles last month on Twitter and even received an endorsement and offer of guidance from Florida State legend Charlie Ward in doing so. Ward famously won a Heisman and then went on to enjoy an 11-year NBA career and is now a local high school basketball coach.
The 3-star prospect according to the 247sports composite rankings has been committed to Florida State football coach Willie Taggart on March 13. With his most recent basketball accolade, he expounded upon his thoughts on playing both this week.
“I’m going to try because I want to,” Jay said according to Brian Miller of the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’m going to ask if I can do it. I’d like to do it, always wanted to do, and have been doing it so it won’t be hard for me.”
Jay registered 11 triple-doubles on the hardwood and averaged 15.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game last season. He also pulled in an impressive 16 interceptions over the last two years on the gridiron.
Playing multiple sports is obviously a tremendous challenge, especially when you consider that the football and basketball seasons overlap. However, with an endorsement from one of the greatest of all-time, Jay seems like he’s got as good a chance as any to pull it off.