In a less than surprising announcement, Bardstown stand-out JJ Traynor has committed to the Louisville Cardinals.
Despite getting some recent interest from Kentucky, the four-star forward never received an official offer from John Calipari.
Once the decision was made to commit this week, it was pretty clear that Traynor’s likely destination would be Louisville. Cincinnati was another school that had momentum, but ultimately, it was Chris Mack who sealed the deal.
Keep in mind that Traynor’s father, Jason Osbourne, was a former Kentucky Mr. Basketball and played for the Cardinals.
Although the Cats did show some interest in Traynor after having him on campus, the fact that he never received an offer makes it obvious that he was a secondary option in what is a loaded 2019 class.
With Lance Ware already committed and several other front-court prospects strongly considering Kentucky, there was little doubt that if Traynor chose to come to Kentucky that early playing time would not be happening.
Nonetheless, he is a local product with loads of potential and Kentucky fans should wish him the best. If you want to get the chance to see him play in person, his Bardstown team was recently added to the King of the Bluegrass field that will be played in December at Fairdale High School in Louisville.
As for Kentucky, their immediate focus is on five-star forward Isaiah Jackson, who will make his college decision in the middle of November. Then, five-star forward Greg Brown will make his call sometime in the spring, as these are Kentucky’s two primary frontcourt targets remaining in the 2020 class.