Early reports today indicate that Reid Travis will seek to graduate transfer with his final year of eligibility.
Stanford’s Reid Travis will withdraw and transfer elsewhere, sources told ESPN. The odds-on favorite to land Travis is Kentucky.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 30, 2018
The former McDonald’s All-American has had a phenomenal career at Stanford, highlighted by being a two-time First Team All-Conference player. This past season he averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 boards per game, both in the top three in the conference.
Travis has been a great leader for the Cardinal, being a rare three-time captain. His presence helped make the transition from Dawkins to Haase seamless. Reid’s hard work was evident, as he continued to improve his game each year. Most notably, he went from a sub 50% free throw shooter to near 70%, while also showing flashes of three point capabilities.
Reid was not invited to the combine, but worked out with a handful of NBA teams. Today is the deadline for players to withdraw from the draft. If he does indeed transfer, it makes sense that he would have waited this long; he can see which schools have scholarships opened up from their early entrants.
Kentucky is the favorite to land him, though others are making a pitch. The Wildcats have a trio of big men in Wenyen Gabriel, P.J. Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt still to make draft decisions. Their roster is shaping up to be among the best in the nation, especially if Travis joins them in Lexington.
Kentucky is believed to be the heavy favorite to land graduate transfer Reid Travis. Would be a massive addition for John Calipari. https://t.co/4Bfr5ul7jF— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 30, 2018
This loss would be substantial for Stanford. Reid was among the favorites for Pac-12 Player of the Year, and the Cardinal roster was looking like a contender to make noise in the Pac and return to the big dance. There is still a lot of young talent on the Farm and a great season could still be in the cards, but the frontcourt depth appears to have added question marks and big shoes to fill (literally).