Reid Travis has options. The big man from Stanford is currently testing the waters of the NBA Draft and is considering a professional career. But Travis could either return for Stanford or as a grad transfer who would immediately play for another school.
Travis will be the biggest transfer in the country if he decides to go that route. There are already rumors linking him to the Kentucky Wildcats.
Travis graduated from Stanford four years later this spring, but he still has one year of eligibility for taking a medical redshirt in the 2015/16 season. He developed during his time with the Cardinal to one of the most reliable big men in college basketball, with an average of 1
Now he seems ready to jump to Lexington.
Travis will switch from Stanford to Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. Daniels reports that Kentucky is the "strong favorite" to land Travis, though he realizes that it is not yet a completed deal. Villanova is also involved, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
This is a potentially big step that could make Kentucky the national title favorite if there are a few other things on its way.
Travis would be a great man for Kentucky at once
Kentucky is made to one-and-one players, but these are freshers, no veteran veterans like Travis. He is already a monster in scorer and rebounder and leads the cardinal in both categories in the last two years.
Travis is considered a "backward" tall man, scoring his best with his back to the basket. Travis made 18 three-pointers in a 29-percent clip last season after trying just a threesome in the last three seasons before last season.
His lack of shooting and firing stoppages – Travis just blocked nine shots combined two years ago – is a major reason why NBA's interest in him seems limited. But his game can still be devastating at the college level, which Pac-12 opponents can confirm. Look at how he lost 29 points to USC last season to get a good look at his game:
Travis can be a scorer for Kentucky right from the start. Of course, Kentucky still does not know which players will return for the next season.
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John Calipari has always built his teams with strong front courts. This year's team would once again be charged in front when Travis comes in, no matter who comes from the aforementioned trio to test the water. Kentucky has already brought in eclectic freshman striker EJ Montgomery, as well as shot center Nick Richards return for his sophomore year.
Kentucky is less well established in the area, but has outstripped its guards and wings in the off-season. Freshmen Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson are expected to take effect immediately, and recruit Ashton Hagans could also reclassify and join the team for next season.
Kentucky would be a national title favorite with Travis
It's too early to crown a preseason # 1 before we know who enters the NBA draft and who does not, but Kentucky will have a strong case with Travis. Veterans Big Mans as reliable as Scorer and Rebounders are rarely available via transfer. It sounds like Kentucky is about to land him.