Travis Dupree comes from Eastman, a small town in central Georgia. He played basketball at Voorhees College in South Carolina but after graduation, found himself with no opportunities to play professionally. So like a lot of players in his position, he went to play abroad. But Dupree landed in an unlikely spot: Bolivia.
Dupree is the first American player to join the Liga Boliviana de Basquet, which was created by the Bolivian Basketball Federation in 2014. He plays for the Pueblito Nets, a team started by a group of amateur players that has slowly been climbing the ranks of Bolivian basketball since 2011. Today, the Nets are in second division. They finished the first season of the Liga Boliviana de Basquet in third place.
Dupree was recruited by the team’s founder, Carlos Mamani aka Pueblito, who is also the coach and the manager of the team, in 2014. Soon after, two other Americans followed his path: Domonick Steverson from Woodland, Georgia and Tadavius Williams from Moss Point, Mississippi. Other teams followed Mamani’s example. At the moment, at least eight Americans are playing basketball professionally in the Potosí region alone.