Former Stanford standout Reid Travis is heading to Lexington.
Travis, one of the premier graduate transfer talents in the country this year, announced in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday he is officially a member of the Kentucky Wildcats. He has enrolled in the school.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me with this process of taking the next step to pursue my dreams. I couldn’t be more excited for the future! pic.twitter.com/xIwtBfFzLr
— Reid Travis (@2ReidTravis2) June 20, 2018
Because he’s joining the Wildcats as a graduate transfer, Travis will be eligible for the 2018-19 season. Travis graduated with his undergraduate degree in science, technology and society from Stanford on Sunday.
“As I move on to the next step of my career, I wanted to find a school that will continue to align with my academic and athletic interests,” Travis said. “After getting to know the staff and players on my visit, it became clear to me that there was no better place for me to start this next journey in my life then at the University of Kentucky.”
The transfer is a crushing blow to Stanford. The two-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest last season, making him Stanford’s leading scorer and rebounder. He would have been on the short list of Pac-12 player of the year candidates this season.
The power forward withdrew from the 2018 NBA Draft and from Stanford last month. At the time, multiple reports had Travis planning to transfer to Kentucky.
In Lexington, Travis joins an already formidable front court and should strengthen Kentucky’s status as a national-title contender.
Yes, it’s true, we’ve added a HUGE piece to the 2018-19 roster. Two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection @2ReidTravis2 from Stanford is joining the squad as a grad transfer. He will be eligible to play for us in the fall. #DreamBig ➡️ https://t.co/UkxJ9oa2X4 pic.twitter.com/RslRzTT61M
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 20, 2018