The Kentucky Wildcats appears to be ramping up their recruiting efforts for in-state star JJ Traynor.
According to Evan Daniels, Traynor will take an unofficial visit to UK this fall for Big Blue Madness.
Traynor has scheduled a return visit to Cincinnati on Aug. 29. He’s also scheduled unofficial trips to Louisville and Kentucky. He’ll visit Louisville on Aug. 26 and then Kentucky for their Big Blue Madness festivities on Oct. 18. Traynor said he’s also actively working to set up trips to Missouri and DePaul.
Daniels added that Traynor will be a four-star recruit in the updated 247 Sports recruiting rankings for 2020, which will be released this week.
Traynor, a native of Bardstown, has been one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2020 class after a breakout spring and summer on the AAU circuit. As a junior at Bardstown High School, thr 6-8, 195-pound Traynor averaged 11.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Traynor’s first Division-I scholarship offer came in May from the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. He now also holds offers from Northern Kentucky and Evansville, but bigger programs like Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and Virginia Tech have been showing interest.
Back in July, Traynor competed at the UnderArmour Association Finals, where Daniels and fellow 247 Sports recruiting analyst Josh Gershon offered up this scouting report:
In two games, Trayner impressed with his scoring touch, footwork and physical make up. He’s oozing with potential and upside. Traynor is equipped with a 7-2 wingspan, a 9-1 standing reach and is an effortless athlete. Offensively, he started inside and worked his way out. He made right jump hooks, touch finishes at the rim, multiple mid-range jump shots and showed he was capable of knocking down a perimeter shot. He needs to add weight and get stronger, and could be a great option for a redshirt year, but his longterm talent is undeniable.
With fall classes starting soon, it would appear Traynor is the lone in-state recruit that UK is recruiting for its 2020 class unless someone else emerges during the upcoming high school season.
As of now, the only 2020 big men with offers from UK are Greg Brown, Isaiah Todd, Cliff Omoruyi and Lance Ware. How things progress in those recruitments could decide if UK ultimately offers a scholarship to Traynor.