Reid Travis embracing new challenge at Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari said that he has challenged Reid Travis to lose about 20 pounds and get quicker and the grad transfer is embracing the transition of his game and to a new team at Kentucky.

"It's been great being here," said Travis. "I obviously came out this summer kind of and got thrown to the fire as far as just getting to it and getting settled."

On a team loaded with youth, Reid Travis is a veteran presence, but a new presence nonetheless.

"It doesn't matter if you're a freshman or a guy like my situation coming in who's had some success. He's going to coach you the same way if there's a way that he can make you better as a basketball player, he's going to tell you those things and he's going to hold you to that standard," said Travis.

The 6-foot-8 forward joins Kentucky as a graduate transfer from Stanford, where he ranked third in the Pac-12 in both scoring and rebounding. He was dominant on the west coast, scoring in double-figures in all but one of thirty five games last season, but Reid knows that Kentucky is a different animal.

"Yeah the competitiveness is crazy, obviously when you have a group of guys as talented and as skilled as we do, but also just as hungry as everybody is," said Travis. "I think you see a situation where a lot of guys want to play and they want to do great things for this program, but that's going to be gotten through competition."

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