The decision to play basketball was one that preordained for Travis Hook as the 15-year-old small forward was born into a basketball family. His dad is a basketball coach and his sister plays college basketball.
His love for the game developed watching both of them in their element.
“I learned to shoot from my dad, and I learned to perfect my shooting from my sister. We’ve been shooting on the driveway for as long as I can remember. I’ve learned most of my defensive IQ watching my sister play and watching my dad coach,” he said.
At 8-years-old Hook started playing competitively, and with the guidance of his supportive family, he has been making tremendous strides.
“My mom is a massage therapist, and she helps me with my stretching and stuff,” he said.
Two years ago, he joined the P.H.A.S.E.1. Academy in Ontario Canada, and travels up to an hour and a half every day to get to practice. He said his dedication is because of the love he has for the sport, and the freedom he finds in it.
“I love the freedom of it, it’s an outlet for aggression, anxiety, and stress,” he said.
Additionally, he has noticed major improvements in his skills since joining the Academy.
“I’ve become more of a guard since I joined P.H.A.S.E.1. With the team I played with before, I was only trained as a post player or a bait. With P.H.A.S.E.1, I have developed more guard skills and I am a more confident dribbler,” he said.
Hook says he enjoys a cordial relationship with his coach and teammates, and excitedly recalls a game last year when he helped his team to win in the last seconds by just one point.
“We were in Montreal and there were about three seconds left on the clock and I got to assist my teammate Dallas who dunked the ball,” he said.
And when it comes to finding a role model, Hook didn’t need to look far.
“My role model is my sister,” he said. “I admire her drive, she doesn’t stop playing, she doesn’t give up.”
For now, Hook is focused on receiving a basketball scholarship like his sister to attend university.
“I wish I saw myself going to the NBA, but as a reasonable goal, I would say university or college. With the work that I’ve put in already, I’d say school is the closest goal right now.”