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Traynor will visit Lexington sooner than expected.

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JJ Traynor will be visiting UK sooner than expected.

Traynor initially planned to visit for Big Blue Madness, but according to Travis Graf, the four-star forward will unofficially visit on Wednesday.

The 6-8, 195-pound forward out of Bardstown is currently ranked 80th overall by 247 Sports composite. He holds offers from the Cincinnati Bearcats, Xavier Musketeers and Missouri Tigers among others.

However, the Louisville Cardinals have been getting the most buzz recently, including a futurecast from Rivals recruiting guru Corey Evans.

Traynor’s father, Jason Osbourne, is a former Cardinal who was Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball in 1993 while playing for Louisville Male High School. Traynor is currently scheduled to officially visit Louisville this weekend, where he probably will receive a scholarship offer.

A few weeks ago, several Division I coaches, including UK assistant Kenny Payne, traveled to Bardstown for an early morning workout at Traynor’s high school. It wasn’t long after that he was offered by Xavier. Payne also left that work out with a positive impression and wanted John Calipari to eventually come watch Traynor.

While Calipari has yet to do this, he should get an up-close look at Traynor tomorrow if he works out with the current team. If UK is going to offer Traynor, it may be now or never, as the Bardstown star wants to have his recruitment wrapped up for the fall signing period.

If he were to get an offer and ultimately pick the Cats, Traynor would join Terrence Clarke, Cam’Ron Fletcher, BJ Boston, and Lance Ware as pledges in the class of 2020. That would give UK five top-100 recruits, but depending on how well Traynor plays this upcoming season, he could finish in the top 50.

But until a scholarship offer is extended, it’s hard to tell just how big of a player the Kentucky Wildcats are in Traynor’s recruitment. Perhaps tomorrow’s visit will paint a clearer picture.