Bardstown,KY- Wednesday UofL head coach Chris Mack and Cincinnati head coach John Brannen sat in on Wednesday’s practice and to see JJ Traynor work out. That evening Bardstown Tigers Head coach Boo Brewer announced via Twitter that Louisville had extended Senior Power Forward JJ Traynor a scholarship offer.
The 6’8” Power Forward visited UofL on October 4th & has also taken official visits to both WKU & Cincinnati. Traynor then took unofficial visits to both schools in the last 14 days & also unofficially visited Xavier and after an invite he went to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness festivities this past weekend.
Traynor is no doubtly one of the hottest recruits in the nation & continues to impress coaches who visit during workouts. His exceptional play, 7’2” wingspan, superb athleticism, & tremendous potential was on display this spring & summer on the AAU/Grassroots circuit & turned many scouts & college coach’s heads. He has drawn major interest from some big time programs such as Kentucky & Coach Cal while adding up 8 offers from the live recruiting periods. It also catapulted him in the top 100, now ranked #80 by 247Sports & #88 by Rivals. Traynor’s other offers include Xavier, Missouri, DePaul, WKU, & Evansville.
Traynor the son of former Mr. Kentucky Basketball and McDonald’s All American Jason Osborne who committed to UofL after high school but never really panned out but could factor in JJ’s commitment. His coach is a former Cardinal too so those relationships could help him lean towards Louisville. It would be a solid in state pick up for Louisville as they currently only have one Power Forward in the 2020 recruiting class while Cincinnati has acquired three.
Traynor hasn’t set a date to announce his decision but has plans to make his announcement during the early signing period which begins November 3rd.
He may be waiting to hear from Kentucky as coach Kenny Payne visited practice two weeks ago and had good things to say about Traynor. Even though they haven’t offered him they a Many experts including Rivals analysts Dan McDonald & Corey Evans, as well as 247 Sports analysts Jerry Meyer and Chris Fisher are predicting he will stay in Kentucky & commit to UofL where both his father & high school coach Boo Brewer played during their collegiate careers.