Ask any athlete, championships are hard to come. But, when he was in the 6th grade, Arcadia point guard Travious Fielding said he was going to bring the first state title ever back to Arcadia.
Last month, promise fulfilled.
Basketball tradition at Arcadia High School is rich with names like McDonalds All-American Marcus Fizer and Kourtney Roberson but neither were able to help bring the Hornets a state championship.
This year, Travious Fielding did just that.
"Since 6th grade, me and my boys have been together. We gossiped about it, told everybody we were going to be the first to do it. It happened."
Travious was named Most Outstanding Player.
Marcus Jackson, Arcadia head basketball coach, said, "An all-state first team player, District MVP, not only does he do it in games but he does it in practice. He leads his teammates, he pushes them every day in practice to be the best."
The championship was the ultimate pay off for Travious, after he tore his ACL just before the state semifinals last season. "After I had surgery, I thought that I would never play again with how swollen it was, big and the pain. I couldn't sleep at night. I just fought through it."
"A lot of schools fell off because if the business aspect, they didn't realize or didn't know how strong the leg was,” added Jackson.
Jackson said Baylor, Northwestern St., Louisiana Tech and Vanderibilt all lost interest because of the injury. However, Travious exploded back onto the scene his senior year and there was one school that stuck with him through it all .
Travious said, "Grambling, they stayed, they believed in me and in the end they offered me. That's where I'm going to attended."
Jackson said, "If it was football you would have to have a quarterback and in basketball you have to have a point guard and to me in this area, there is no other bigger winner than Travious."
Now this humble kid will not only take his talents on the court a short distance down the highway to Grambling, he'll leave Arcadia as the senior class salutatorian. He’s ranked 2nd highest academically.
"Wherever Tra ends up in the business world. I think that he has that type of mindset, that type of toughness to make it."
"Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard," said Travious.
"I can see him as a kid, that one day, will come back and give back to Arcadia."
As he accepted his Athlete of the Week trophy, Travious said, "First I just want to thank God. Next, I want to thank my family, my friends, my fans and last but not least I want to thank my teammates and coaches."
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