Last week, the Herald Leader published a story with quotes from Reid Travis’ father, Nate, about his son’s time at Kentucky and whether or not it lived up to the high expectations his family had going into it.
While most prospects and their parents leave Lexington with rave reviews, Nate Travis made headlines by saying he thought his family would have “a little more of an understanding of when [Reid] would fall in the draft” by the time his lone season at the school concluded.
“He probably had more of a leadership role as far as helping younger players develop. Maybe his abilities got somehow shifted a little bit for the sake of helping younger players develop and understand the process,” Nate told Jerry Tipton. “He kind of took that role and kind of got away from what he wanted to do when he came there.”
In fact, after the report, Kentucky head coach John Calipari took to Twitter to discuss the recent conversations he had with the parents of Tyler Herro and PJ Washington, who both had fantastic things to say about their time in Lexington.
We want everyone to leave Kentucky with the feeling that it was more than what they thought it would be. The words from those two parents make me happier than I can explain. I’m so proud of what we do here.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2019
Now, Nate Travis wants the world to know that he wasn’t being critical of the Kentucky basketball program or his son’s time in Lexington in the slightest.
In an interview with Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, Travis clarified what he meant to say with Tipton and the Herald-Leader.
“I didn’t mean it at all as a knock on Kentucky,” he said. “When Reid went there, he wanted to become an NBA player, but he also wanted to win. So he did whatever it took to help the team win, even though Reid knew what the pro scouts wanted to see more of. I don’t know how that is taken as critical.”
In fact, Travis said that he couldn’t be happier with their time in Lexington and that he would recommend playing at Kentucky to any recruit or graduate transfer thinking about suiting up in blue and white.
“I don’t know what they could do different to make it even better for an athlete going there,” he said. “In fact, if I had to sit down and talk to a recruit, I would most definitely tell them they couldn’t go wrong there. I would tell them that was probably one of the best decisions my son has ever made.”
In terms of regrets about his time at Kentucky, Travis says his family doesn’t have any. He’d obviously love for his son to be a sure-fire first round draft prospect, but he’s ecstatic about how things unfolded in Lexington over the last year or so.
“There are no regrets that he chose Kentucky. As a father, would I have liked to see his stock be higher? Yes, but wanting to see the team win was more important to us as a family. We wanted to help Kentucky win a championship, and whatever that took, Reid was willing to do it and I was going to accept it.