Reid Travis will be returning to college for the 2018-19 season, but he won’t be heading back to Stanford.
Travis, a 6-foot-8 forward that averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 boards for the Cardinal as a redshirt junior, has withdrawn from the NBA draft but will be transferring out of the program, a source confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis has completed his degree, meaning that he will be eligible immediately wherever he ends up.
And the school that he ultimately picks could end up becoming the national title favorites.
Travis is a hoss. He’s a terrific rebounder for his size and a talented low-post scorer and finisher. He’s a good athlete for a player that checks in at 245 pounds — he was also a high-major prospect as a football player — and has been focusing on extending his shooting range, although that is still something of a work in progress. He would have been a favorite to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year with another season in Palo Alto.
Kentucky has been the school that has been favored to land Travis this offseason, and that would help explain why the Wildcats have seemingly had all of their frontcourt pieces leave. Sacha Killeya-Jones transferred out of the program while Wenyen Gabriel, P.J. Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt have all yet to decide (as of publication) on whether or not they will stay in the draft.
Adding Travis to this Kentucky roster would be massive. A veteran presence. A go to scorer. An anchor on the defensive glass. Someone that understands what it takes to succeed defensively at this level.
Villanova is another school that has been linked with Travis, while Duke was one of the programs that he picked Stanford over out of high school.