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10 Things to Know: Stanford’s Reid Travis

As we await tonight’s eligibility deadline, it’s important to keep in mind that no matter what happens, John Calipari has a plan. One potential ace in his sleeve is Reid Travis, the grad transfer from Stanford who could easily plug a hole on next year’s roster should PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, and/or Wenyen Gabriel decide to stay in the draft.

We’ve mentioned Travis from time to time on this site, but with the clock ticking, here’s a little bit more about him.

1. He was third in the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounding

Travis averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, which ranked third in the Pac-12 in both categories. In fact, he was top three in the Pac-12 in ten categories overall, including made and attempted free throws, total points, total rebounds, and double doubles. In turn, he was named First Team All-Pac-12 for the second year in a row and was a NABC First Team All-District Selection.

2. He made his mark on the Stanford record books

Travis is one of only three players in Stanford history with at least 1,400 points and 700 rebounds in less than 100 career games. He ranks 10th on Stanford’s career rebounding list (758 rebounds) and 16th on the career scoring list (1,427 points). A three-year captain, he received the Hank Luisetti Most Valuable Player Award this past season.

3. He injured his leg as a sophomore, which earned him an extra year of eligibility

A top five power forward and McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, Travis had a promising first year at Stanford, but suffered a leg injury early in his sophomore season, which earned him an extra year of eligibility. He’ll graduate next month and, once the semester is over, can transfer to the program of his liking with no restrictions.

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4. He declared for the NBA Draft but was not invited to the Combine

Travis is also testing the waters of the NBA Draft, so he’ll have to let the NCAA know tonight if he’s staying in the draft or returning to college. He did not receive an invitation to the Combine and isn’t listed on any major mock drafts, but has worked out for several teams including Cleveland, Brooklyn, Denver, Minnesota, and Golden State.

(Update: Jeff Goodman is reporting Travis has withdrawn from the draft and Kentucky is the favorite.)

5. Kentucky and Duke may battle for his services

If John Calipari loses even one of the three players to the draft, Travis could be his first call. At 6’8″, 245 lbs., he’s a workhorse inside that could easily fill the void if PJ Washington goes pro. Even if PJ comes back, Kentucky would benefit from having Travis’ experience and consistency in the post. For that reason, reports suggest Mike Krzyzewski is also interested in picking him up, meaning Travis’ chances of being on a national title contending roster next season are high.

6. His nickname is R2D2

In an interview with Stanford’s kid reporter Gavin, Travis revealed that he gave himself the nickname R2D2 in high school, but it didn’t catch on in college. Maybe it can make a comeback in Lexington?

7. He played quarterback in high school

If he comes to Kentucky, get ready to hear that a million times per game.

8. Here he is with Anthony Davis

The two met at the LeBron James Skills Academy in 2013.

9. Regardless of who comes back, I want him on my squad

The more I read about Travis, the more I like him. A smart, dependable double-double machine with over three years of experience playing at the college level? Come. On. Down.

10. He likes pineapple on his pizza

Nobody’s perfect. We’ll forgive you for that one, Reid.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

14 Comments for 10 Things to Know: Stanford’s Reid Travis

  1. [email protected]
    11:15 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    #5 Highlight Video at 5 second mark, dude has blue Lexington KY shirt. Coincidence? I think not.

  2. Realme
    11:17 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    He an PJ can be the Flex Bros.

  3. KYJelly
    11:26 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Pineapple is delicious on pizza

  4. Easy-E
    11:39 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    I like pineapple on my pizza, also.

  5. Rembrandt
    11:42 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    If he likes pizza, he will love Lexington.

  6. ClutchCargo
    11:50 am May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry, Mrs. TT, I’m Team Pineapple, too.

    • Luether
      7:40 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

      Mrs TT is right! Pineapple on pizza sucks…

  7. Alleykat16
    12:00 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Would love to see him come here. The experience would really help this young team and his free throws would be benifit the team in the tournaments. Cal needs to pull this kid in, Pineapples or not

  8. henderblue
    12:02 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Love to have him at UK

  9. dkcr96
    12:20 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Pineapple and jalapeño is where it’s at

  10. chardun20
    12:24 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Team Pineapple

  11. Cletis75
    12:24 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    I really like the way he plays. Wanted him at UK as soon as I heard that he was a possibility to transfer.

  12. Mathlete
    12:30 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Getting into Stanford and staying eligible tells me he’s a smart kid, which makes me wonder why he would even consider Duke? They already have 3 superstar players coming in, two of whom will probably play out of the post, plus Marques Bolden will probably still be there, so minutes will be hard to come by even for a seasoned player.

    Couple that with the fact that K will almost always play Zone next year (because his team is almost all freshmen again, and K apparently can’t teach freshmen to play Man), which wouldn’t help Travis’ draft stock at all and there’s just no compelling reason to worry about Duke.

  13. Cincy Cayt
    7:58 pm May 30, 2018 Permalink

    Please try the Hawaiian at Donatos and then talk smack about pineapple on pizza. Reid gets it