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.
Reid Travis— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 20, 2018
⚖ 6-8, 240 pounds
Averaged 19.5 points, 8.7 rebounds per game at Stanford last season
Graduated from Stanford with a degree in science, technology and society pic.twitter.com/ktk2f4xvTh
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.