The top prospect in the state of Kentucky is a Louisville Cardinal.
This evening, 2020 four-star forward JJ Traynor announced his commitment to Louisville, choosing the Cardinals over offers from Cincinnati, Xavier, and WKU, among others.
He announced the news on his Twitter page:
C O M M I T T E D?? pic.twitter.com/kw6wIXEZEs
— JJ (@JJTraynor20) October 30, 2019
The 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward out of Bardstown, KY is considered the No. 77 overall prospect in the 2020 247Sports player rankings.
Though he didn’t hold an offer from Kentucky, the Wildcats were certainly flirting with the idea of extending one.
During the fall recruiting period, Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne drove out to Bardstown at 6:00 a.m. to watch Traynor in an individual workout on September 19.
Wanted to say Thanks to Coach Kenny Payne and The @KentuckyMBB for coming to watch 6am workout today
Keep grinding @JJTraynor20 #TigerPride #WEonAMISSION #WEareBardstown #BBN #Kentuckybasketball pic.twitter.com/UVIcqwDDLv
— James Boo Brewer (@coachboobrewer) September 19, 2019
During this workout, KSR was told that Payne called UK head coach John Calipari and said he needed to come watch the four-star prospect in person sooner rather than later.
After Payne’s trip, Traynor scheduled back-to-back unofficial visits to Kentucky on October 2 and on October 11 for Big Blue Madness.
With the consistent contact between both parties and scheduled visits, it certainly felt like a scholarship offer from UK was on the horizon. Though after both trips to Lexington, Traynor walked away empty-handed.
Sources told KSR that the Kentucky coaching staff had pushed Traynor to hold off on a decision until the spring so they could complete a full evaluation of his game during his senior season.
Seen as one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation with a sky-high ceiling, the Bardstown program feels the four-star prospect is set to have a phenomenal senior season, where a major rating jump would soon follow.
Instead, Traynor will now suit up for Coach Mack and the Louisville Cardinals next season.