Yesterday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports released the list of seventy-three players invited to the NBA Combine later this month. Five Kentucky players received invites, including Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt.
Not included on the list? Stanford’s Reid Travis.
Travis is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound hoss who put his name in the draft without an agent back in April. As a redshirt junior, Travis was third in the Pac-12 in both scoring (19.5 PPG) and rebounding (8.7 RPG), earning All-Pac-12 in the process. In his career, he ranks seventh in school history with 1,427 points and 10th with 758 rebounds.
And he’s eligible to transfer wherever he wants for one final season as a graduate transfer.
Back when the season ended, Kyle Tucker of SEC Country confirmed Travis was “on the short list” for Kentucky if they see unexpected departures in the NBA Draft from any of Washington, Vanderbilt, and Wenyen Gabriel.
In fact, Tucker reports Kentucky may go after the talented forward transfer even if they lose just one of the three draft entries, and that battle will likely come down to the Cats and Duke.
With Travis not earning an NBA Combine invite, odds are good he returns to school and opts to transfer to a blue-blood school to compete for a national championship.
And I’m ready for yet another Coach Cal vs. Coach K battle.
This was his most recent NBA workout:
And highlights of his 29-point outing this season against USC:
Obviously the best-case scenario would be for all three Wildcats to return to school, but if we see a surprise, I don’t think Kentucky fans would mind the addition of Reid Travis in the slightest.