With the start of the season just around the corner WKU Basketball has had some prospect news break over the past few days.
J.J. Traynor Picks Louisville
No surprise here, in a post last week we mentioned that Traynor was most likely headed to Louisville because of his strong connection with the university and it seemed that ever since he received an offer from UofL he has his sights set on the Cards.
WKU Men’s basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury was early on Traynor, offering him his first division 1 scholarship offer back in late April. WKU was in the lead mostly for Traynor until Louisville stepped in an offered him earlier this month. Since the Louisville offer it had been all cards by every service that follows recruiting.
Stansbury will have to turn elsewhere for his center piece of the 2020 recruiting class. As of right now Dayvion Mcknight remains the only commitment the Hilltoppers have inline for 2020. If we know anything about Rick Stansbury it is that he has shown the ability to go out and find grad transfer in his time on the Hill. I wouldn’t worry to much about the 2020 recruiting class if he can continue to bring in high level grad transfer to Western Kentucky.
Zion Harmon picks up an offer from Maryland
You may be asking yourself, why is this significant news? Simply put, Harmon is originally from Maryland (D.C. metro area) and he even added Maryland to his top list of schools after receiving the offer last week. Easy to see why Marlyand could be a contender in landing a commitment from Harmon. They were even in to visit him this morning according to his social media feed.
Since taking an official visit to Western Kentucky Harmon has also attended Meet the Racers, Murray States form of Midnight Madness. As of right now the 2021 guard has not said where he will be taking an official visit to next. A rumor is going that Harmon is a lock to reclassify to the class of 2020 pending that he be eligible for the 2020-2021 college basketball season.
Kyree Walker is still a mystery
A 5 star talent from Arizona,Western Kentucky was in to visit Walker the end of last month. Then,Kyree was still a part of his High School team Hillcrest Prep, now news has came out that Walker has left the school and is exploring his options with potentially college and overseas teams interested in his services. As of right now, I don’t think even Kyree Walker knows what his next move is.
Western Kentucky has offered 2021 Power forward Alex Tchikou of Wolfeboro, NH. Tchikou attended Findlay Prep in Henderson, NV. A prep school who has produced the likes of Tristan Thompson, PJ Washington, Bol Bol, and Avery Bradley.
Tchikou is rated as a 4 star recruit and #31 overall in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports. (#25 overall by Rivals)
Alex has went from unranked this time last year to a top junior in the country. Tchikou is an athletic power forward who can run the floor and defend the basket. His outside shot needs improvement as well as his frame before making the jump to the next level.
He holds offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA, and Nebraska.
Earlier today a source close to 4 star prospect JJ Traynor reported that Traynor’s timetable for a decision is currently set in November, but could be delayed.
We know that Traynor was in attendance Thursday night for Hilltopper Hysteria on an unofficial visit. Traynor was also in Louisville Saturday morning to attend a UofL practice in the KFC Yum Center. Since Louisville head coach Chris Mack offered JJ last week mutual interest has been established between the two. 247 Sports views Louisville’s recruitment of Traynor as “warm” according to their metrics. The advantage Louisville holds over everyone else right now is JJ’s High School Coach James Brewer played for Louisville in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Something to keep in mind.
WKU Head Coach Rick Stansbury was the first to officially offer Traynor back in April of this year and has been regularly in contact with him ever since. Making frequent visits to Bardstown to watch Traynor its safe to say he is Stansbury’s top target in the 2020 class.
UPDATE: Traynor now viewed as “unlikely’ to commit to Western Kentucky.
2021 4 star prospect Zion Harmon was on his official visit over the weekend attending Hilltopper Hysteria Thursday night and Saturdays Football game against Charlotte.
Western Kentucky is the first official visit for Harmon. With 4 more official visits to take it is likely he will visit Murray State, Louisville, Kansas, Seton Hall, LSU, and Kentucky to finish out his top 7. WKU getting the first official visit for Harmon does hold some weight as it has been rumored Harmon could reclassify to the 2020 class.
2021 SF Brooks Barnhizer of Lafayette, IN was on his official visit this past weekend. Western Kentucky extended an offer to Barnhizer in July. A source close to Barnhizer confirmed the visit went well, impressing Barnhizer.
4 star F JJ Traynor WILL BE in attendance tonight for Hilltopper Hysteria. Stansbury has been on Traynor from the beginning official offering Traynor back in May.
Traynor has been rising up the recruiting ranks over the summer and now earning high praise from 247 Sports head recruiting analyst Evan Daniels having this to say about Traynor,
“I think he is a tremendous talent,” said Daniels. I’ve said this multiple times. I think he’s one of the biggest sleepers in the country, certainly the biggest sleeper I saw all July. I think he’s got tremendous physical tools. He was just measured in at 6-8.5, a 7-2 wingspan, has a 32-inch standing vertical. All the physical tools are there, and the game is coming. He’s just taking big strides. He just turned 17 last week, so he’s still pretty young, and his game is starting to develop.”
Traynor has since earned offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Xavier.
WKU men’s and women’s basketball programs will be in action tonight with Hilltopper Hysteria. This will be the first time fans get to see the teams for the upcoming season. Both teams are coming into the season with high expectations.
The full scrimmage will showcase how deep the team will be this year.
Things that are expected to happen tonight: an exiting entrance for all the players, full scrimmage from the men’s basketball team, and autograph signings from both teams.
Recruits in the building
Here is an updated list of recruits that will be in attendance tonight:
DayVion McKnight: PG 6’1 Shelbyville, KY 2020 (WKU Commit)
JJ Traynor: F 6’9 Bardstown, KY (2020) rated a 4 star prospect by every major recruiting site.
Zion Harmon: PG 5’10 Benton, KY (2021) rated a 4 star prospect on all major recruiting platforms and a top 50 player in the class of 2021.
Jaden Rodgers: PG 6’0 Louisville, KY (2021) 3 star prospect by 247 sports.
Darrius Washington: F 6’8 Louisville, KY (2021)
Zek Montgomery: F 6’6 Louisville, KY (2021) ranked #5 player in state of KY.
Isaiah Mason: G 6’4 Bowling Green, KY (2021)
Brooks Barnhizer: F 6’5 Lafayette, IN (2021) Official Visit
Cearius Warren: F 6’7 Louisville, KY (2021)
Turrell Cleaves Jr: G 6’4 Louisville, KY (2022) Ranked #2 player in the state of KY.
James Jewell: F 6’5 Louisville, KY (2022) ranked as #1 player in state for 2022.