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Bardstown’s own JJ Traynor will announce his college decision this week


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2020 four-star forward and in-state prospect JJ Traynor is set to make his college decision.

Late last night, the 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward out of Bardstown, KY posted on his Instagram story that he is committing “this week.”

Traynor, the No. 77 overall prospect in the 2020 247Sports player rankings, currently holds offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, and WKU, among others.

So why is this news significant to Kentucky fans?

Because it likely means UK will not be the choice.

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.

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 tell KSR that the Kentucky coaching staff has been pushing Traynor to hold off on a decision until the spring so they could complete a full evaluation of his game during his senior season. To take it a step further, another source told KSR that those close to the Bardstown product were also hoping he would sign in the spring, giving some of the other blueblood programs an opportunity to come in and make their respective pitches over the next several months. Seen as one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation with a sky-high ceiling, the Bardstown program feels an impressive senior season would bring in big-name coaches from all across the country.

With a decision coming this week, the expectation is that the four-star forward will commit to Louisville, giving the Cardinals their third pledge of the 2020 class. Four-star small forward D’Andre Davis and No. 1 JUCO prospect Jay Scrubb committed to UofL in recent months.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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14 responses to “Bardstown’s own JJ Traynor will announce his college decision this week”

  1. chris43

    Sure hope we land him!

    1. VirginiaCat

      We didn’t offer him.

    2. Gogh Big Bleu

      Seems highly unlikely based on the post.

  2. UKCatAttack

    Did you even read the article?

  3. yoshukai

    Any other year this kid would be a take , 100%. But the class we already have committed is LOADED.

    1. mashburnfan1

      Based on what? Rankings mean very little, lets wait and see them play at this level before we say how “loaded” or “talented” anyone is. Remember how highly ranked Skal was, how about Richards. I do think some of next years class could be as good as advertised but still need to see them play at college level to know.

    2. yoshukai

      Eat me mashburnfan . You’re not even a uk fan and we all know it . You’re a puss.

  4. StuckinLville

    He came to UK twice and they never offered. He’s going to lville.

  5. Blublood41

    Yeah and we have one power forward committed. We will probably lose montgomery and Richard’s though they are not ready for the nba. Were not the leaders for brown and Jackson is 50/50 at best. Wecl dont get either its lookingvoretty scarce for front court options. Personally, I take this kid and try to get the other two as well. Cal must have some type of plan.

  6. Headhurts

    If not probable 1 and done Cal has no interest, coach takes walk-ons & probable 1 and dones.

    1. albyjimc2

      Bullshit dude. Go away.

  7. peaches76

    This kid is going to need time to develop his body. Is not a power forward in any scenario at this time.

  8. a21CATSfan

    Hasn’t Cal been struggling to find bigs for half a decade? Why not at least offer an in-state kid that wants to be here? Oh well, he’ll end up at Louisville with Aidon Igiehon for the next 3-4 years. CATS

  9. neat1ky

    The kid needs to wait till end of season and work on his game and put more weight on in weight room. And yes Cal does take 4 star and not all one and done. Remember Willis, Hero, Booker, Collie-Stein and Ullis in some polls. He is headed to UL as he was from the start, no shock here. He probably will be like Spalding from trinity and they can have him.