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Travis joins a deep frontcourt, which he might be the best player in.

NCAA Basketball: Stanford at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford Cardinal graduate transfer Reid Travis has committed to Kentucky for his final season of eligibility, according to a video posted to his Twitter.

Travis entered his name into the NBA Draft after scoring 19.5 points and bringing in 8.7 rebounds per game last year, but withdrew and elected to go the graduate transfer route instead. He considered the Villanova Wildcats and Kentucky.

Travis begin his visit to Kentucky on June 19.

With his commitment, Travis becomes Kentucky’s leading scorer and leading rebounder from last year. The 6-8 power forward has averaged double-figure scoring since the 2015-16 season, and has flirted with the nine rebound per game mark his last two years.

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), which only begins to show has much of a force he is in the paint, and he can go toe-to-toe with anyone.

In two games against the Arizona Wildcats this past season and top NBA Draft pick DeAndre Ayton, Travis averaged 21.5 points and 10 rebounds per game. His highest scoring output came in a 33 point game against Washington.

Travis now joins PJ Washington, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Keldon Johnson (depending on where John Calipari plays Johnson) in a loaded frontcourt. There’s a lot of talent and a lot of five-stars in that group, but with Travis’ production and veteran presence, he just might be the best college player in that group.

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