Within the past 24 hours, rumors have been swirling that link Reid Travis to Kentucky. Truth is, this transfer has been in the works behind the scenes for quite a while. Despite Kentucky being the heavy favorite to land the Stanford grad-transfer, Villanova is also a very real possibility for his services.
Yesterday, Kentucky lost sophomore Wenyen Gabriel and freshman Jarred Vanderbilt to the draft. While this could be the final piece to the Reid Travis puzzle, Villanova also has plenty of available playing time now with freshman forward Omari Spellman staying in the draft. Spellman was a pivotal part of the Wildcats’ championship run in 2018, averaging 11 ppg and 8 rpg. Despite the available playing time that Jay Wright has to offer, one has to think that Calipari’s track record of big men will win out in the end.
Let’s meet Reid.
Reid Travis was a 4 star recruit out of Minnesota in 2014, ranked #44 in the country according to Rivals. He chose to attend Stanford over Duke, Gonzaga, Minnesota and Notre Dame, all of which received official visits.
As a freshman, Travis averaged 6 points and 6 rebounds for the Cardinal, followed by 13 points and 8 rebounds in 8 games as a sophomore. He received a medical redshirt for his sophomore campaign after being sidelined in December with a stress reaction in his left leg.
Travis really started to pick his game up in his redshirt sophomore season in 2016-2017, averaging 17 points and 9 rebounds per game for Stanford. In his last hoorah for the Cardinal in 2017-2018, the Junior Travis received 1st Team All-Pac 12 honors after averaging just under 20 points and 9 rebounds per contest.
– Outstanding rebounded with a strong base.
– Lead the country in and-one’s last season, displaying great ability to finish through contact.
– Passing out of the post for a shot or reposting his man.
– Keeps the defense honest with respectable 3 point shooting. (30%)
– Good at staying on the floor. (Averaged 2.6 fouls in 34 MPG last season)
– Below the rim type of player. Average athlete.
– Not good at blocking shots. (Averages 0.2 blocks per game for his career)
– Below average FT shooter. (61%)
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