Even though PJ Washington was the only one of the three Kentucky players testing the NBA Draft waters to return to school, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello declared the Cats one of the winners of the early entry deadline, especially if they land Stanford grad transfer Reid Travis.
“Two players gone, one coming back should be a loss, right? Well, not really. The other bit of good news Kentucky received Wednesday is the possible arrival of Stanford forward Reid Travis on the graduate transfer market. The Wildcats have been linked with him for most of the offseason. If they are able to land Travis, then the day is clearly a net positive.
Even without Travis, though, Kentucky is in good shape. The Wildcats will have a more balanced roster next season, with the incoming recruiting class including five-star point guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley, five-star wing Keldon Johnson and five-star big man E.J. Montgomery. Tyler Herro (among the ESPN 100) will add shooting and playmaking from the wing as well.”
Other winners: North Carolina, who will return Luke Maye (grr); Kansas, who gets big man Udoka Azubuike back; and Auburn, who returns a trio of stars in Bryce Brown, Austin Wiley, and Jared Harper. Among the losers? Defending national champs Villanova, who lost four of their top six players. Ya hear that, Travis? At Kentucky, we don’t rebuild, we reload.
Seriously though, we’d love to have you in Lexington.