Local basketball standout hoping to help USA qualify for World Cup


Former Wayne High School basketball star Travis Trice Jr. is competing for his country this month. 

Trice, a 6-foot-2 point guard who took Michigan State to the 2015 Final Four as a senior, is part of the 12-man Team USA roster playing this month to qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. 

The group consists mostly of former college stars who have spent time in the NBA, the NBA’s developmental league, the G League, or both. 

Team USA, the winner of the last two FIBA World Cups, is training in Las Vegas this month. 

The Americans are scheduled to face Uruguay on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas before taking on Panama three days later in Panama City. 

The 25-year-old Trice has spent time in the G League and played overseas in Australia and Lebanon over the last three years. 

In his senior season at MSU, Trice averaged 15.3 points and 5.1 assists per game. 

The Milwaukee Bucks signed him to a training camp contract in July after he played for their summer league team in Las Vegas. 

In August, his G League rights were acquired by the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ affiliate. 

His father, Travis Trice Sr., is the coach of the Wayne girls’ basketball team after 10 successful seasons (including a state championship) at the helm for the Warrior boys squad. 

His brother, D’Mitrik, is a point guard at Wisconsin. 


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