​​Kentucky basketball is as predictable a program as there is in college basketball. Highly-touted recruits show up for one season, perform as well as expected, and then leave Lexington for the greener pastures of the NBA. When a top recruit stayed for four years in Alex Poythress, it was the biggest anomaly. The Wildcats have another promising crop EJ Montgomery, Keldon Johnson, and Ashton Hagans.

​John Calipari and crew have a surprise this time around; unfamiliar newcomer this year in Stanford transfer Reid Travis. In a short amount of time, Kentucky fans are going to fall in love with this kid. 

​​A graduate transfer from Stanford, Travis led the Cardinal in scoring (19.5 PPG) and rebounding (8.7 RPG) in 2017-18. Travis' skill set seems perfect for Calipari's offense. His size, ability to handle the ball, and spot-up shooting should make Calipari giddy. 

He's a force at the rim, too, as Reid's tenacity on the offensive glass and powerful put backs make him a Swiss Army knife on the offensive end.​​

​​The Stanford graduate by no means fits the mold of traditional Kentucky stars, given his graduate transfer status. However, his style of play will endear Wildcat fans to him instantly.