By LARRY VAUGHT
ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman is not always a Kentucky fan favorite. However, he had two tweets Wednesday on the day UK fans were waiting for staying or going news from P.J. Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt and Wenyen Gabriel that should not be ignored.
Both were about Reid Travis, a 6-8 power forward at Stanford. He pulled his name out of the NBA Draft pool Wednesday but also announced he would transfer as a grad transfer — meaning he’s eligible to play next season.
His most likely landing spot seems to be Kentucky based on what numerous national analysts are reporting.
“If Reid Travis does go to Kentucky as a grad transfer, the Wildcats might become the favorite to win the national title . . . Reid Travis would be a game-changer for any program,” Goodman posted on Twitter.
Adding Travis along with the return of Washington would make Kentucky a much more physical team next year than it was this season. Travis is a two-time all-Pace 12 honoree and averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season.
“One player who went up against Reid Travis in an NBA workout recently: ‘He’s the strongest guy I’ve ever played against,’” Goodman tweeted.
So maybe the NBA draft watch is over for UK fans, but the transfer watch is own and could have a huge, huge impact on next season.