Luke Travers became the second Australian to hear his name called out on Friday after the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the 56th overall pick in the NBA draft. 

Travers spent the last three seasons playing with the Perth Wildcats in the NBL where he averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He saw his minutes and production increase every year he was with the Wildcats. 

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Travers has been in America for some months now preparing for the draft and was invited to showcase his talents at the NBA G-League Elite Camp. 

Last week he worked out for the Indiana Pacers – one of seven NBA teams he worked out for – and afterward spoke about his dream to make the NBA.

“From a young age it is everyone’s dream to make the NBA,” Travers said. “Around 18 or 19 I realised it could become a reality. Ever since then I’ve just put my head down and worked hard for it. Here I am trying to make it happen.”

Most pundits had Travers going undrafted on their mock boards but the Cavs took a chance on another Aussie – they’ve had Matthew Dellavedova (321 games), Dante Exum (30 games), Thon Maker (8 games) and Andrew Bogut (1 game) on their roster at various points since 2015. 

It is still unclear whether the Cavs will look to bring Travers over for Summer League, or whether they will opt to stash him. 

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