JJ Traynor’s college decision will come down to Cincinnati and Louisville. Evan Daniels just logged a crystal ball prediction for the Cardinals.
Kentucky was hoping to see Traynor in action this coming season before potentially offering a scholarship, but it sounds like he’s set on joining the Cardinals.
The No. 1 ranked player in the state of Kentucky is set to make his college decision.
According to Evan Daniels, four-star forward JJ Traynor will make his college announcement this week.
Four-star forward JJ Traynor will announce his college decision this week, he tells @247Sports.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) October 28, 2019
Currently, 247 Sports ranks Traynor as the 12th best power-forward and 77th best player in the country.
Rankings aside, Traynor is a kid who is littered with potential and could very well end up out performing what his high school ranking suggests he should accomplish at the next level.
The Bardstown (KY) big man burst on the scene during the summer evaluation period and has done nothing but improve his stock ever since. So much so that he attracted the attention of Kentucky assistant coach, Kenny Payne, who visited Traynor’s high school to watch him work out in mid-September.
However, it never led to a scholarship offer, something he did eventually receive from the Louisville Cardinals, who are the favorites heading into his decision.
The main thing that jumps out to you in regards to Traynor is his impressive length. Listed at 6-foot-8 inches, he has very long arms and is bouncy. His offensive game is still developing, but he has the chance to be a special defender that could theoretically guard every position on the floor.
Another facet to his game that you can’t necessarily see is his ingrained work ethic. As the son of a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball, JJ is fortunate to have someone close to him that knows what it takes to succeed. His father, Jason Osbourne, won the prestigious award back in 1993 on his way to a McDonald’s All-American selection while playing for Male High School. He would go to play for Louisville, and it looks like his son will follow suit.