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Reid Travis will visit Villanova and Kentucky

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The grad transfer will likely be a Wildcat, wear blue and white.

NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Stanford John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

News broke this morning that Reid Travis plans to visit both Villanova and Kentucky this summer.

The grad transfer has two more weeks at Stanford before he’ll be eligible to play immediately for whichever school he chooses. While Travis has been linked to Kentucky for most of the offseason so far, the departure of Omari Spellman creates a clear path for the elite forward to start and play serious minutes for the defending champions.

Reid Travis is widely considered the best grad transfer left on the market after finishing his final year at Stanford just shy of averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game. The former McDonald’s All-American dealt with injuries early on before back to back First Team All-PAC-12 selections the last two seasons. With one year of eligibility remaining, this looks to be a two horse Wildcat race.

Outside of the obvious opportunities Travis would have on the Main Line, the [Villanova] Wildcats have a few things working in their favor. First, when the big man decided to pull his name from the NBA Draft, one of the things noted that he wanted to/should work on was an outside shot. Villanova just finished a season in which they broke the record for most threes made in a season, and their big man was a big part of that.

The second is a family connection to the current coaching staff. Travis’s brother used to play basketball with current Villanova grad assistant Matt Frascilla, son of former D1 coach and current ESPN commentator Fran Frascilla. While the connection may be a bit of a stretch, it certainly can’t hurt.

No dates have been set yet for either visit, but the situation will should move quickly once Travis graduates.