Kentucky basketball practice is well underway, and according to all reports, things are going really well.
That was taken to the next level this afternoon when star transfer Reid Travis joined the fold.
For the first time due to class scheduling reasons, Travis took the floor with his Wildcat teammates, suiting up in his No. 22 jersey.
We even got a sneak peak here:
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Now the editor-in-chief of CoachCal.com, our friend TJ Beisner has the inside scoop on the team, watching them practice and interact with one another each day.
Tonight, Beisner released his second practice report of the offseason, where he talks about Travis and what his addition means to the team.
Spoiler alert: he’s a stud.
“Physically, he’s a monster,” Beisner said. “With four years of college under his belt, he’s obviously more advanced than the rest of Kentucky’s young team and wasn’t shy about using his strength on day one. During a drill, players drove to the basket and a staff member fouled them as they went up. The first two players struggled to finish through contact. Travis then drove, took a hard foul on his left side, brought his right hand through with the ball and punched it through the rim on top of the staff member. That was sort of his that he came to compete. And that’s exactly what he did.”
But the Cats didn’t back down to the physicality. In fact, Beisner said the competitiveness spiked, with everyone on the team begging for their shot at stopping Reid. But nothing compared to Keldon Johnson’s efforts.
“Practice remained a battle and not one player, no matter the size difference, was afraid to mix it up with Reid. And that was especially true of Keldon Johnson,” Beisner said.
“Keldon has already established himself as an alpha dog in the first few weeks of practice and he found himself matched up with Reid for the majority of Tuesday’s practice, which created a competitive subplot that was impossible to stop watching. They went at each other when they had the ball. They went at each other harder when they didn’t have the ball. They talked trash and knocked each other around, but were also always the first to help each other up. I would’ve paid money just to watch these two battle for another hour. It was just plain awesome.”
For the rest of the awesome practice report, you’re going to have to head over to CoachCal.com to read it.
The Bahamas can’t get here fast enough…