Had P.J. Washington opted to remain in the NBA Draft, the argument could’ve been made that luring Reid Travis to Lexington should have been Coach Cal’s top priority for the summer of 2018. Thankfully, our resident stank face aficionado is back, so BBN doesn’t have to worry about a lack of inside presence next season.
That’s not to say that Travis’ services wouldn’t be welcome at UK. Reid was amongst the elite big men in the PAC-12 last season, averaging 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. So picture two near-identical power forwards, both physically dominant, both suited up in blue. Sounds to me like what UK has been missing in recent years.
How similar are the two players, you might ask? They are separated in height by just an inch, and in weight by less than ten pounds (at least they were coming out of high school).
P.J. showed off more ball handling skills in high school, but against higher level competition, focused on his strength in the post for getting the job done.
Travis relies a bit more on fundamental skills. Sure, he has the strength to bump down low, but he’s just as content with spinning away from the basket and nailing a short jumper.
In sum, the two are similar enough that they may battle for playing time, but their styles might just be unique enough to compliment one another. I, for one, wouldn’t mind to see Travis draw attention away, then dish to Washington for a slam. Call it the “big cat connection”.