Under Coach Cal, UK has rostered three graduate transfers: Julius Mays, Reid Travis, and now Nate Sestina.
Sestina was attracted to Kentucky because of its big stage and coaching staff, but an article from Nate Steis of D9sports.com reveals a new detail in how the Cats landed the grad transfer:
It was [Reid] Travis who helped Sestina understand the role he would have both as a player but also overall as a person at Kentucky.
Sestina knew playing in Lexington would help polish his game and put him in a position to play professionally, but he didn’t know what his exact role would look like on a team run by younger guys.
Who did he turn to for advice? Reid Travis, the grad transfer who averaged 11.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game for the 2018-19 Wildcats.
“Reid was clear and super honest about what it would be like for me,” Sestina said. “He told me you’re going to be the biggest leader and also you’re going to have to work your tail off to help this team win. It is challenging, but I know you can fill this role.”
From there, the decision seemed easy.
With Travis’ honesty and the coaches’ unprecedented interest, Sestina began to realize that Kentucky was the best fit for him over other possible options.
As a senior at Bucknell, Sestina averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, and shot 38% from three. According to Steis, the 6-9 forward will arrive on campus in June.
As one grad transfer leaves, another comes in for the Wildcats. A little over a week removed from his one season on the team, Travis already seems to be embracing the role of an ambassador for Kentucky basketball.