Kentucky has landed one of the premier grad transfer talents in the country. Former Stanford forward Reid Travis made it official Wednesday morning.
Travis announced his decision in a video on Twitter.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me with this process of taking the next step to pursue my dreams. I couldn’t be more excited for the future! pic.twitter.com/xIwtBfFzLr
— Reid Travis (@2ReidTravis2) June 20, 2018
Because he’s joining the Wildcats as a graduate transfer, Travis will be eligible for the 2018-19 season.
“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,” Travis said. “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 than 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.”
A two-time first-team All-Pac 12 player, Travis averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. He’ll join an already-loaded front court for the 2018-19 season.
“I felt good about where we stood with next year’s team, but when I found out how much Reid wanted to be here, I had to take a look and say, ‘OK, can he help us? Can he help our team become even more potent and can we help him reach his dreams?’ The answers were absolutely,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said in a release. “You’re talking about a two-time all-conference player who could have very well entered the NBA draft with what he’s done in his career. He was one of the best big men in the Pac-12 last season, if not the country. Our fans know when it comes to talent and experience, I’m always picking talent, but Reid gives us both.”