Wear (left) during his college career at UCLA
|No. 6 – New York Knicks|
September 21, 1990 |
Long Beach, California
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)|
|College||North Carolina (2009–2010)
|NBA draft||2014 / Undrafted|
|2014–present||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Travis James Wear (born September 21, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and the UCLA Bruins. As a high school athlete, Wear was selected to participate in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game and played on the 2008 silver medal winning USA Basketball U-18 team at the FIBA U-18 championship tournament.
High school career
Wear attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California where he was a two-time California Interscholastic Federation State champion in 2007 and 2008. As a junior, he averaged 16.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged 14.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Wear and his twin brother, David, played for the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels in their freshman year. Wear contributed 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds a game while averaging over 10 minutes per game. The Tar Heels missed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament, which upset their fans. Wear said playing for North Carolina "wasn't what [he] thought it would be." The twin brothers transferred after the season in May 2010 to UCLA. They redshirted the following season due to NCAA transfer rules.
In his first season playing for UCLA in 2011–12, Wear played in 30 games with 24 starts, and averaged 26.2 minutes per game and finished second on the team in points per game (11.5) and rebounds per game (5.9). He had a career-high 13 rebounds in a loss against St. John's on February 5, 2012. In 2012–13, he started in 31 of his 32 games, and averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 28.9 minutes. He scored a career-high 23 points in a win at Colorado on January 12, 2013. UCLA won the Pacific-12 Conference championship that season. However, UCLA coach Ben Howland was fired after the season, prompting Wear and his brother to consider transferring. After meeting with incoming coach Steve Alford, the brothers were convinced they fit as starters in the new coach's system.
Wear missed the first three games of 2013–14 after he had an appendectomy on October 28, 2013. He came off the bench in his first six games before returning to the starting lineup. He was ninth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (53.0), and shot 44% on three-point field goals—including 10 of 19 in his final 16 games. He scored a season-high 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting in UCLA’s win over Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals. At the team's annual banquet at the end of the season, Wear was presented with the Elvin C. Ducky Drake Memorial Award as the team member who exhibits tremendous competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions. He graduated after the season.
New York Knicks (2014–present)
Wear thought he had a chance to be selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft, but he went undrafted. He played for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA Summer League,  and was signed by the New York Knicks on September 9, 2014. The Knicks' roster already had 15 players with guaranteed contracts, and Wear was a longshot to make the team. However, they opened a roster spot for Wear by trading Travis Outlaw. Knicks president Phil Jackson said Wear was "overshadowed at UCLA but has the skill set to play every position from 1 to 4." He added that the team planned to have Wear play in the NBA Development League, "where his possible NBA future solely depends on his ability to learn how to defend."
The Knicks lost their 2014–15 season opener in a 104–80 blowout to the Chicago Bulls, but Wear made his pro debut in the fourth quarter with the game already decided. The following night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he played 13 minutes in a 95–90 win, and held LeBron James to 0-for-4 shooting when he was the primary defender on James.
Wear is the son of David Sr. and Gloria Wear. His father played college basketball at Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton and professionally overseas. Wear's favorite basketball player of all time is Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
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- 2014 Atlanta Hawks Summer League Roster
- Knicks Sign Langston Galloway and Travis Wear
- Stein, Marc (October 27, 2014). "Knicks send Travis Outlaw to 76ers". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014.
- Berman, Marc (October 29, 2014). "Knicks ‘not ready for showtime’ in opening rout by Bulls". New York Post. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014.
- "Stats to know: Unhappy return for James". ESPN.com. October 30, 2014. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014.
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