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A guide to the visit: Reid Travis

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© Joe Camporeale | USATSI

With Stanford grad-transfer Reid Travis visiting UK on Tuesday I’ve been asked if it’s a good thing he’s visiting Kentucky first. It’s a fair question. Do you want the first shot or do you want the last impression?

It depends on the recruit and it depends on the recruitment, but there’s a simple answer for Reid Travis- Kentucky has a major advantage hosting Reid Travis first.

In some recruitments when a high school senior is taking his official visits there’s a scenario where being last could be the best position. The majority of UK recruits take multiple official visits and most will take four or all five. In that case being first isn’t as important if matters at all. Sometimes it may show where a recruit is most anxious to see first, but most likely events determine the fall visits (midnight madness or big time football games are two biggies).

If a recruit doesn’t have multiple visits planned it’s always great to be the first school visited, especially if that school is the perceived leader. UK is currently the leader for Travis and it appears the only thing that will change that is a mediocre visit to Kentucky and an amazing visit to Villanova.

But in UK’s situation you want to host Travis first because if things go well it may be his only visit. There’s always a chance Travis will commit on the spot in Lexington or shortly after arriving at home. That’s the biggest advantage UK has hosting Travis next week. There’s no guarantee the Villanova visit will take place.

It’s also worth mentioning that Villanova will host 2018 uncommitted forward Saddiq Bey. Bey and Travis don’t play the same position, but Villanova is looking at other options that could help them on the glass and attacking the rim.

It’s double worth mentioning that Travis hasn’t even scheduled a visit to Villanova just yet. Unless something changes over the weekend Travis will head into his Kentucky visit without any set plans to visit Philadelphia.

I’d be shocked if Travis isn’t a Cat, ya’ll.


Article written by TJ Walker

11 Comments for A guide to the visit: Reid Travis

  1. Luether
    7:10 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Good post, TJ…

  2. krautdog
    7:19 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink


  3. Bullitt County UK fan
    8:11 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Strong words

    • 4everUKblue
      8:47 am June 16, 2018 Permalink

      Almost all this writer’s articles are of this nature, he has forgotten all the past recruits that were predicted to be UK bound but wound up in places like dUKe, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA just to name a few. Eventually this site will get one right….hopefully.

  4. SuperTroy18
    8:13 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Definitely better to get the first visit, if think. There was a guy in ‘13, (can’t remember his name,) but he was transferring from UCONN and we were supposed to be the leader to get him. He visited Mizzou, and never even made it to Lexington. Hope we get Travis to commit and he doesn’t even make it to Pennsylvania.

    • kenny
      9:19 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

      Oriahki (don’t know if I’m spelling that right)

  5. Bullitt County UK fan
    8:21 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Wait… on that last sentence, both UK and Nova are cats…. so that’s not saying much.

    • UKNUTZ
      1:26 pm June 16, 2018 Permalink

      I was thinking the same thing. You could also say I would hate for him to become a cat…lol (meaning Villanova)

  6. jimmer
    10:58 pm June 15, 2018 Permalink

    Good info. Appreciate the insight.

  7. TonyMontana
    3:34 am June 16, 2018 Permalink

    “It’s also worth mentioning that Villanova will host 2018 uncommitted forward Saddiq Bey. ”

    Breaking News: 4-star SF Saddiq Bey visited Villanova on June 13th and committed to them on June 15th. Villanova pursued him aggressively and with no visit scheduled by Reid Travis… I think the writing is on the wall. I wouldnt be surprised to see him commit during his visit to Kentucky on Tuesday! Get enrolled, get on campus, get to work with the team..

    This could be that last piece we need. With Hagans officially reclassifying, the roster is looking really solid!

  8. Dowser
    6:39 am June 16, 2018 Permalink

    He’ll get a chance to spend some time with AD…???