Reid Travis is Kentucky’s top rebounder on the Bahamas trip, but on offense, he’s yet to find his footing. The fifth-year senior is averaging eight points per game off 27 percent shooting, which assistant coach Joel Justus says is proof he’s still adjusting to Kentucky’s system.
“I think he’s learning a new system. He’s a new guy for us too. He’s playing with new guys. He’s going to be fine. He’s getting shots in areas he’s never taken them for and playing in places he’s never played. That’s why he wanted to come here. He wanted to be pushed, he wanted to come here to be challenged and that’s what he’s doing right now. What he is doing is, he’s in the gym, he’s watching film, what he needs to do to be a better version of himself. It’s August 11. We’ve got a ways to go. He’s excited. Once again, this group is very, very excited for what they can do collectively and individually.”
Travis may not be contributing a lot of points yet, but Justus said his impact on this group is immeasurable.
“I think you can see flashes. There are times when he’s struggling — you’re seeing that now — but he’s playing hard. He’s a great leader for us on defense. These young guys are so blessed to have him. They love playing with him. He’s giving these young players confidence. So he’s missing a couple of shots? He’s doing outstanding things for our basketball team that aren’t showing up on the box score.”