The Sherbrooke Suns are ecstatic to announce the signing of dynamic 6”8 American Travis Julien who hails from Vacherie, Louisiana to round out the 2018 BIG V roster. Julien 25,…
The Sherbrooke Suns are ecstatic to announce the signing of dynamic 6”8 American Travis Julien who hails from Vacherie, Louisiana to round out the 2018 BIG V roster.
Julien 25, spent the first three years of his college eligibility with NCAA D1 program Nicholls State in Louisiana, matching up against world renowned colleges Michigan, Wake Forest and UCLA to name a few but has strong ties to Australia at a school which in many ways paved the way for what was seen on a more global scale at St Mary’s.
Nicholls State have long been an institution with a rich Australian flavour dating back to 2005 and boasted no less than six Australians in 2013-14, with Julien paired alongside Werribee Devils imports of 2017 Jeremy Smith and Fred Hunter.
Assuming a defensive role for the first two years, in his Junior season had more opportunity, averaging 13 minutes per outing which was rewarded with a 12pt showing against University New Orleans and logged a season high 28 minutes against Central Arkansas.
As Julien approached his Senior year he sought a fresh opportunity and landed with NCAA D2 school Rogers State located in Oklahoma.
The season panned out just as he had hoped with the Hillcats winning the Hartland Conference Championship and he saw increased playing time leading the team with 34 blocks in 28 games.
Following his Senior year and a desire to keep progressing with his talents, he enrolled back at Nicholls State to get his Sociology degree until such time when an opportunity arose to sign his first professional contract which became a reality in February 2017, signing in Hungary with BKG Prima SE.
Coming off a dominant season in Hungary where Julien averaged 19pts and 12rebs, it was Suns coach Ryan Rogers link with former Junior teammate and Nicholls State Alumni Michael Czepil, who raised the prospect and within 48hrs Travis was his man.
“Zep (Michael Czepil) and I were chatting and I think even he was surprised when it was done so fast. Sometimes you have to trust your instinct and Trav fits the mould of what this team is about in a basketball context with a desire to be better and play a role in something greater than himself, but at the same time a family orientated guy who relishes the opportunity to work with kids and be a face for our program in the community. “
“Positionally he adds great size but is very mobile and a strong defensive presence which adds another layer to us.”
Julien arrived in the early hours of Tuesday morning and although weary after 20 hours travel, was buzzing after meeting and watching his new teammates take the floor in their first pre-season game.
“I’m ready for the opportunity to get on the court and play for a championship with these guys, we have great pieces and I see real potential within the squad with lots of energy.”
Julien is the final piece to the puzzle and will join a completely revamped Suns squad with a massive 13 new faces in their 14-man roster including a coaching change from the team which went 5-17 this past year.
“I’m really happy with the roster. We’ve got a good balance at all positions and with so much change the guys investment into the new culture has been fantastic” said Rogers.
As for the immediate plan Julien will hit the floor with his new teammates this week in preparation for several pre-season games with just over a month until round one of the BIG V regular season but also assume the role of Suns Junior Boys Coaching Director and coach the U20/1 Boys team for the VJBL season to compliment his Junior Development Camps and Clinics.
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