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A Double-Double from Reid Travis Helps Kentucky Finish Bahamas Trip in Perfection
Kentucky senior forward Reid Travis got off to a slow start on the Big Blue Bahamas Tour, but the Stanford graduate transfer found his rhythm before leaving the island.
The 6-foot-8 bruiser had his best game as a Wildcat, posting a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Travis connected on fifty percent (7-of-14) of his shot attempts.
Following the game, Travis admitted that the new environment at Kentucky has made him feel like a freshman, but he’s finding his way to being more comfortable.
“It’s been an adjustment,” said Travis. “The first couple of games I was pushing the little things here and there, trying to show I can do certain things within the system. But for me it’s just realizing that it is August and we do have a lot of time to mesh and play with each other.”
One thing Travis struggled with early on was converting shot attempts near the basket. He left a lot of shots short and struggled to get anything going with his post game. However, that changed on Sunday and he even started making plays away from the basket.
In an effort to build his confidence and let him find his rhythm, Travis played more than 33 minutes in Sunday’s 93-60 win. Being on the floor for more minutes seemed to be a shot of confidence for the senior, who stepped out to knock down 2-of-3 three-point attempts.
What Kentucky fans watched on Sunday is only a preview of what Travis will be a few months from now. He said the same following the Wildcats win.
“I just started playing with a lot of these guys a month ago and we’ve only had ten practices, and now we’re thrown into a game situation. For me it’s just continuing to get comfortable and continue to pick my spots. Just understand that in a couple of months when the season starts, I’ll be so much more comfortable.”