Moments ago, Reid Travis, 6’7″ PF from Minnesota and #45 overall player according to 247Sports, announced he will be attending Stanford University.
For a while, Duke seemed to be the favorite to land Reid as he said Duke was the best of both worlds (academics and basketball).
So what does this mean for Duke?
In the short term? Nothing. In the long term? Losing out on depth and a possible starter in 3-4 years.
Reid Travis is a very talented player. He wouldn’t have received an offer from Duke if he wasn’t. Fact of the matter is that had he chosen Duke, he would be fighting for playing time behind Amile Jefferson, Semi Ojeleye, and Alex Murphy (especially if Duke lands Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, that pushes Amile back to his natural power forward position).
I think Travis has the work ethic to come in and get playing time. Amile will be a starter the rest of his career. We really don’t know at this point where Semi will be a better fit (many think it’s downlow but he has a really good perimeter game). And we don’t know if Alex Murphy will realize his potential that Duke fans have been hoping for.
You can’t predict what the Duke Basketball roster is going to look like next year, and most certainly not the next few years. So far Duke has “missed out” on two recruits many experts felt for a long time were locks to be Blue Devils.
Many fans were split about Reid. A lot really wanted him, while a lot were indifferent if he became a Blue Devil or not.
I believe he would’ve been a valuable asset off the bench in his first few years, and quite possibly a starter his junior year. But playing time probably played a factor into his decision. He will be able to go to Stanford and compete for starter minutes immediately.
Coach Dawkins got a good one in Reid Travis.