Stanford Basketball continues to roll through the offseason. As if landing a consensus top recruiting class wasn’t enough, the possibility of having Reid Travis on the court for not one but two more seasons was put in play today when the NCAA granted Travis a hardship petition.
This is literally nothing but great news. Travis made reference to “having one more year” as late as the final homestand of the past season, but now that‘s no longer a certainty. What is for certain is that Travis will now be able to play two seasons with Daejon Davis, Kezie Okpala, Isaac White, and Oscar da Silva.
Stanford’s coaches have praised Travis as the model for the program. He embodies the toughness, selflessness, and clearly now the investment that Coach Jerod Haase and his staff have been preaching from the get-go. Clearly Reid Travis, a strong candidate for conference player of the year this season, likes what he sees and is willing to invest his time and immediate future into a program that has not seen the NCAA Tournament since before he matriculated.
When we spoke to him a month ago, he talked about the hand he played personally in recruiting this class, and one has to wonder if applying for another season was always on his mind?
There is of course, no guarantee that Travis plays two more seasons, but the fact that he is at the very least considering it is big news for the Cardinal. It says a lot about the buy-in of the team’s best player, one who was not recruited by the coaching staff, for Travis to take the step he took. Legacy is clearly important to him, and today he set Stanford fans up for potentially two of the best seasons in program history.
It can’t be November soon enough.