John Calipari’s been playing it coy when it comes to Reid Travis’ sprained knee, saying last night that if Reid played at all in the SEC Tournament, it would be as a backup. Since then, we’ve heard more promising reports on Reid, and in today’s media opportunity, several players said the senior big man is looking like his old self in practice.
“I think he’s going to fit right back in,” Tyler Herro said of Reid. “He was injured, but he was still getting workouts in and stuff like that. I think he’ll fit right in, as he was early in the season, and we’re excited to eventually have him back.”
“It was an hour workout [yesterday]. He was doing pretty much everything we were doing. I thought he looked pretty good.”
What’s been doing in practice, specifically?
“Just running up and down, layup drills, stuff like that. He was just getting his reps in. It was a good workout, though.”
For the most part, Kentucky’s been able to survive without Reid in the lineup, but there’s no denying that the Cats are better with him on the floor, especially in the post.
“Having him back is great,” PJ Washington said. “Not a lot of teams can double (team) us because we definitely have another post player who can really score the ball. It’s going to be harder for teams to guard us. He’s great on the defensive end. He always knows what we’re in, he’s vocal and he’s a leader.”
“I think he does a lot of things that don’t show up in the stat book,” Herro said. “Offensively, setting screens stuff like that. Just being a leader. Obviously, we’re going to be happy when he comes back because he’s a huge part of our team.”
Will it take Kentucky any time to adjust to having Reid back?
“I don’t think we’ll miss a beat,” Keldon Johnson said. “I think we’ll be fine whenever he comes back.”
My two cents: play him sparingly Friday to knock the rust off for Saturday’s war vs. Tennessee. If you win, sit him on Sunday.