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Reid Travis to visit UK and Villanova

There is a heavy mutual interest between Travis and UK, but Nova is lurking.

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

When Reid Travis announced that he would pursue a graduate transfer from Stanford, the rumor mill began churning that Kentucky was the heavy favorite.

And now, Travis is set to visit Kentucky, but he also plans to visit Villanova, according to Jon Rothstein.

Travis has long been rumored as a strong option for UK in the 2018-2019 season. He declared for the NBA Draft following his redshirt junior season at Stanford, in which he had his best season of his college career by averaging 19.5 ppg and 8.7 rebounds.

In 34 minutes per game, Travis shot 53 percent from the field and expanded his range to the perimeter, shooting 61 3-pointers, connecting on 18 of them.

Travis would bring a high-level of physicality and scoring ability to the Wildcats if added to next year’s roster, something that UK hasn’t had a lot of in the frontcourt the last couple seasons.

In two games against Arizona this past season and potential #1 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, and on three different occasions recorded a season-high 14 rebounds. In total, Travis recorded 16 games last year with double-digit rebounding totals.

He isn’t a great rim protector, only blocking 4 shots in 35 games last year, and he isn’t a great free throw shooter, knocking down 67.5 percent from the charity stripe last season.

But overall, Travis could be a great addition and could create a very physical front-court tandem with returning sophomore P.J. Washington.

Here is Travis in action.

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