Travis Reeh never stopped smiling during Wednesday’s signing ceremony.
The Our Lady of the Hills’ senior spent around 30 minutes posing for photos with his basketball teammates, his family and friends who attended the ceremony. He was definitely happy, but mostly, he was relieved — liberated from the stress of having to select where he was going to spend the next four years of his life.
Reeh always knew he was going to play college basketball; He just didn’t know where. Ultimately, he had to choose between two schools — Angelo State and Sam Houston State. On Friday, he finally settled on Angelo State, where he will receive a partial athletic scholarship. On Wednesday, he signed his letter of intent in front of OLH’s student body inside the school’s gymnasium. His parents, Tracie and Joey Reeh, brought cake to commemorate the occasion. Once Reeh had finished taking photos, he flashed another grin as he raced to deliver a slice of cake to OLH athletic Chris Ramirez, the man he credits the most for helping him reach the next level.
“I have slept a lot better since committing,” Reeh said with a laugh. “I am happy I finally get to breathe.
Besides having to make one of the hardest decisions in his life, it’s been a rather fun year for Reeh. He led the Hawks in scoring for the third straight season, propelled them to their second TAPPS state title in three seasons, and won the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ player of the year award in the small private school division.
And on Wednesday, he became the second OLH player who signed to play college basketball. (Senior center Joaquin Vazquez signed with Tecnologico de Monterrey, a Private university in Monterrey, Mexico, in late April)
“I am tremendously proud of him,” Ramirez said of Reeh. “Playing collegiate sports isn’t as easy as people think … It’s been a process we have been working through for a couple months.”
But Ramirez has helped Reeh navigate the process since the beginning. He was the one who initially contacted Angelo State’s coaches, alerting them that they needed to keep an eye on his senior guard. He then sent them video of Reeh’s game film, and also accompanied Reeh on his unofficial visit to tour Angelo State’s campus.
Reeh participated in a team pickup game in the Coliseum with three other recruits on April 22, giving him an opportunity to play with his potential future teammates. He impressed Angelo State head coach Cinco Boone and David Lewis during the session. After it had ended, they approached Reeh and told him, “We want you to come here.”
He easily connected with both coaches. Two weeks later, he officially decided he wanted to spend the next four years of his life playing for them.
“They are both just really good guys,” Reeh said. “Coach Lewis and coach Boone care about winning a lot … but you can tell they are really invested in how their players are doing academically and how they are doing off the floor. I thought that really stood out to me. If you go there, you will be taken care of. That’s something I took notice of when I went there.
“I am excited to get on campus sometime in July.”
Reeh, though, still has to finish the school year at OLH. This evening, he will be honored at TABC Awards banquet, giving him one more opportunity to reflect on his high school career, one more opportunity to spend time with Ramirez.
“Everything about senior year has been fun,” Reeh said. “I am happy and proud that I’ve committed. It was stressful, but it was also really fun getting to win state with my teammates and getting to go to the university that I dreamed of going to. … It’s been great.”