By LARRY VAUGHT
Reid Travis averaged almost a double-double last year at Stanford and was a two-time all-conference player. He was third in the Pac-12 in scoring (19.5 points per game) and rebounding (8.7 points per game) last season and had 16 double-doubles.
He put his name into the NBA draft, went through the NBA combine and then decided to pull out of the draft. He knew he wanted to play his fifth year at another school but also had to finish his course work to complete his undergraduate degree.
“I was totally in school mode after pulling out of the draft and thinking only about finishing my degree the right way,” Travis, who decided to transfer to Kentucky in June, said. “I did not have a lot of time to decipher things and go through the (recruiting) process. My (older) brother did a lot of that for me. I talked to a few schools but after talking to Kentucky it became clear to me this is where I needed to be.”
He knows many think he’s the “missing piece” Kentucky needed to win a national championship. Kentucky climbed to No. 1 in many preseason rankings after Travis’ decision to join the Wildcats.
“I would say there is external pressure that I do not put on myself. A lot are saying, ‘You are the missing piece and will make things go.’ Going through the ups and downs of college basketball, I understand this is just another step in my career,” Travis said.
“I want to work to make my goals come true. But it makes no sense to put pressure on myself. I just have to compete and understand it will all be taken care of.”