Mike Travlos hasn’t had an offseason in almost a decade.
The Lake Zurich junior plays boys basketball for the Bears in the winter, but his season doesn’t end in March. In fact, his season hasn’t really ended since the third grade, when Travlos said he started playing travel basketball.
Between high school, AAU with Rising Stars Elite and individual workouts, Travlos plays basketball almost the entire year. An average summer week might include three days with a physical performance trainer to work on strength and athleticism, two days with a basketball skills trainer, one or two AAU practices and somewhere between three and seven AAU games on a weekend.
If any of those pursuits fall on the same day, he pulls a double shift.
There are at least two reasons for the year-round grind. The first? He loves playing basketball. And the second? Travlos, like many high school athletes, is trying to attract the attention of college coaches.