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Kentucky Basketball: Keep an eye on Reid Travis

Reid Travis is starting to get buzz as a potential transfer option for UK.

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The Kentucky Wildcats may still be looking for more players to join their 2018-19 roster, especially when it comes to big men.

We already know UK has landed five-star forward EJ Montgomery, who’s probably the only true 2018 recruit that John Calipari was still targeting. However, Calipari may look to add another big man via a 2019 reclassification, or perhaps even a grad transfer.

If the latter turns out to be the case, Reid Travis is a name to keep an eye on.

SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker is also reporting UK could add a grad transfer.

Travis is one of the rare players who could end up leaving for the NBA Draft or return and be a highly sought after graduate transfer.

The current Stanford Cardinal center announced his decision last Friday to test his NBA prospects. He will be allowed to work out for NBA teams and is eligible for the draft combine before he must make a decision by May 30 to either remain in the draft or return to school.

That means it could be a while before Reid decides if he’s entering the draft or staying in school, though he’s not publicly said he’s considering a graduate transfer. It’s possible he returns to Stanford for another season, though it’s starting to look like he’s ready to go elsewhere.

A two-time All-Pac-12 first-team member, Travis ranked third in the Pac-12 in both points per game (19.5) and rebounds (8.7) this past season. He also led the conference in free throw attempts (243) and field goal attempts (474).

Of course, there could be other graduate transfer options emerge in the coming weeks. Fordham guard Joseph Chartouny, South Dakota guard Matt Mooney, Albany guard Joe Cremo, San Jose State forward Ryan Welage and Samford center Wyatt Walker are other grad transfers still on the market.

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