Reid Travis to Stanford: Cardinal Land 4-Star Forward Prospect

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13:  Stanford Cardinal head coach Johnny Dawkins directs his team against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first round of the Pac 12 Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It has been an impressive couple of days for the Stanford athletic department to say the least.

A day after beating Oregon on the gridiron, the Cardinal basketball program landed coveted-recruit Reid Travis over the likes of Duke and Minnesota. The fact that Stanford was able to pry the Minnesota native from the Gophers and national powerhouse Blue Devils is impressive.

Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv and NBA.com reported the news earlier today:

 

One of the reasons Stanford was able to land Travis was assistant coach Mike Schrage. Andy Drukarev of Rivals points out just how valuable Schrage was on the recruiting trail in the pursuit of Travis:

 

Travis is the No. 7 rated power forward in the class of 2013, according to 247sports.com, and will give the Cardinal a formidable presence in the post. He is one of the best rebounders in this entire class despite the fact that he is listed at only 6’7”.

The primary reason Travis is so solid on the boards is his pure strength. He can outmuscle taller opponents underneath, which is critical for positioning on loose balls. That strength also helps him on the offensive end when backing down larger defenders. He has no trouble getting close to the rim and then dropping soft-touch shots over their outstretched arms.

This is a major coup for Johnny Dawkins and Stanford. According to Amelia Rayno of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, academics in the family played a role:

Good luck playing Trivial Pursuit in that family.