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Grad Transfer Reid Travis Officially Commits To Kentucky

An overhead shot of Rupp Arena during a game.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

College basketball's rich got a little richer on Wednesday morning. Reid Travis, a grad transfer who played for Stanford the past four seasons, has officially committed to play his final year at Kentucky. Travis was one of the best players in the Pac-12 last season, averaging 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest.

Travis suffered a stress fracture in his leg during his sophomore campaign and was given the opportunity to redshirt. As such, he has one year of eligibility remaining and will not have to sit out a season before suiting up for the Wildcats.

Travis was a four-star recruit out of high school. He was reportedly also considering transferring to national champion Villanova.

Travis announced the news via a video on Twitter. Here's what he had to say:

"Sunday, I had the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream, graduating from Stanford University. The relationships and connections I made at Stanford will last a lifetime. I'm extremely proud to say I'm a Stanford alum. I want to thank my friends, coaches, teammates, administrators, alumni, student body, and everyone who has helped me become the man that I am over these last four years.

With that being said, I'm looking forward to a fresh start and continuing to pursue my dreams. Looking for a school, the biggest thing that I wanted was to align both my academic and my athletic interests.

After getting to know the staff and the players on my visit, it became very clear to me that there is no better place to continue this next step in the journey. I'm excited to work hard every day and to give everything of myself to this program so that we can compete for national championship.

Big Blue Nation, are we ready?"

Here's the tweet:

Needless to say, this is a huge pickup for Kentucky, which can always use veteran leadership. Coach Cal is likely quite excited about the news.