Stanford is going to have to replace the dependable scoring of departed guards Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown and the Cardinal are looking for new leaders during a current overseas trip in Europe.
So far, sophomore forward Reid Travis has looked like the part of a guy who can carry Stanford’s scoring production for stretches at time. During the team’s first three games in Italy, Travis had a double-double the last two games and also had a stretch of scoring six consecutive points in each of those games as well.
Travis has averaged 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game over his last two outings and the former McDonald’s All-American has looked like the type of player who could emerge with more touches in 2015-16.
Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins was complimentary of Travis after the team’s third game, a win.
“Reid is starting to find his way,” Dawkins said. “He didn’t play much last year due to injuries and we are starting to see what he can do on the floor. I am glad to see him out there healthy. He has been a key contributor to the success we have had thus far.”
With the emergence of Travis in this way, it would be a great lift for Stanford to have a go-to presence early in the season. With his athleticism and motor, Travis could be consistently productive if he is healthy this season. Stanford still has three games left on their foreign tour, so it will something to monitor with how Travis performs.