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.
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 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.