Maryland Alum Travis Garrison has had the opportunity to travel the world through his experiences with basketball. Since graduating from College Park, Garrison has played in the CBA, South Korea, Spain, Venezuela and now Turkey. Garrison spent this past year with Pamakkale University. He averaged 20.8 ppg, 9.4 rbs, 2.5 blocks and 1.3 steals. Pamakkale plays in Turkey's 2nd Division, but expects to play for one of the teams in the 1st Division this coming season.
Even though he has left College Park, he has not stopped talking to his former teammates.
"I keep in contact with a number of former Maryland players. One of my best friends is Chris McCray. I see former Terp Byron Mouton here and there. Laura Harper was in Turkey when I was there and I caught up with her. I spoke to Shay Doron a little, so I do bump into some former players here and there.
On the experience of playing overseas?
"The experience overseas is great. Besides missing my family and friends, I love it. You get to learn about a different culture. Many people do not get to experience it for free. My goal is to play basketball in the states but overseas is not bad at all. You can become friends with people world-wide and get fans from everywhere. I love it, people are great. You have to get used to the language and the culture but once you do that, it's fun.
On how the game overseas compares to the U.S. game.
The game overseas is very physical and competitive and they are very strong. They take a lot of pride in the teams, the same as the states. They depend on Americans a lot more though so you are expected to do a lot. I love that because it puts you in a position to lead the team.
On if he stays in contact with the Maryland coaching staff.
Yes, when I come back to the states I do try to go back to Maryland and talk with the players and coaching staff. I also keep in touch with the academic staff because I am trying to finish up my degree (he only has a few classes left).
Since leaving, Garrison has only been able to make it back to one game at the Comcast Center, due to being out of the country, although he does say that he follows them as much as he can.
On his best memory from college.
My best memory from college would have to be when Drew Nicholas made the buzzer beater in the first round of the NCAA's as he was falling out of bounds. I also enjoyed beating Duke, beating Florida at Florida. At the time they were number one in the country. But the most memorable moment was being a bubble team going into the 2004 ACC Tournament and winning the whole thing. That was a great experience, and advancing to the NCAA Tournament as a number four seed.
On what he misses the most from college.
I miss the fun times me and my teammates had together, and interacting with the students.