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Reid Travis is transferring to Kentucky

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A huge departure for the Stanford program

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at Arizona State Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Reid Travis has gone from Cardinal Red to Kentucky Blue.

Travis and Kentucky both announced he was transferring to the program on Wednesday through Twitter.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound forward has been one of the Pac-12’s best players over the last two seasons, making this a critical loss for the Stanford program.

Travis averaged 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 2016-17 and 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season.

Travis offered these quotes in a statement:

“Sunday I had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream of graduating from Stanford University,” Travis said. “I built relationships and memories at Stanford that will last a lifetime. I’m extremely proud to be able to say that I’m a Stanford alum. I want to thank my friends, coaches, teammates, alumni, professors, administrators and student body for playing such a big role in the man that I’ve become over these past four years. ”With that being said, I’m looking forward to a fresh start and another year of working towards my dreams. As I move on to the next step of my career, I wanted to find a school that will continue to align with my academic and athletic interests. After getting to know the staff and players on my visit, it became clear to me that there was no better place for me to start this next journey in my life then at the University of Kentucky. ”I’m excited to work hard every day and give everything of myself to the program to compete for a national championship and turn the game I love into a profession. Big Blue Nation, I can’t wait to get started.”