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.
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.
This afternoon 4 star PG Zion Harmon of Marshall County confirmed that he will be taking an official visit to Western Kentucky this weekend.
A big recruiting weekend on the Hill for Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Stansbury, as Hilltopper Hysteria will take place Thursday night followed by homecoming activities including the homecoming football game Saturday at 3 PM vs Charlotte.
Harmon is ranked as the #37 overall player in the class of 2021 by 247 Sports and #1 prospect in the state of Kentucky.
Last week Rick Stansbury visited Selton Miguel in Orlando, Florida and Kyree Walker of Phoenix, Arizona. This week Stansbury focuses on the state of Kentucky, visiting J.J. Traynor of Bardstown and Zion Harmon of Marshall County.
A senior at Bardstown High School has flew up the recruiting rankings over the summer from unranked to #80 overall in the latest recruiting rankings for 2020.
Head Recruiting analysts Evan Daniels of 247 sports called Traynor “The biggest sleeper in the country.” Stansbury has visited Traynor twice in the past 10 days.
247 Sports views Cincinnati as the favorite to land Traynor in 2020.
Harmon a junior at Marshall County High School is ranked as the #37 overall player in the class of 2021 and the #5 point guard overall. It has also been rumored that Harmon is a lock to reclassify into the 2020 class.
Harmon’s top schools include:
247 Sports lists Westen Kentucky as “warm” in landing Harmon.
Thursday evening top 2021 prospect Zion Harmon announced his Top 7 schools, his schools include:
Harmon is the #30 overall player in the class of 2021 (#5 PG). Zion has ties to Bowling Green being that he played 1 season for Bowling Green High School winning a state championship in 2017 as an 8th grader. He now plays for Marshall County High School in Benton, KY.
As Jeff Goodman always says, “Don’t doubt Rick Stansbury I’m recruiting”
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Zion is a top recruit in the 2021 class with offers from schools like Kansas, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, and Michigan. This is Zions second year attending the Dyckman summer league showcase, here’s a recap of what he did last year-
Zion spent his 8th grade year in Bowling Green attending BGHS and leading the varsity squad to a state championship in 2017. In his time here Zion picked up an offer from WKU Basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury.
I wouldn’t rule WKU out of the mix for Zion given Rick Stansburys excellent recruiting background and Zion’s connection to Bowling Green.
On Monday WKU Basketball extended an offer to 5 star prospect former Bowling Green Purple Zion Harmon. Harmon is ranked #19 overall in the country by 247 Sports and the #1 overall player in Kentucky in the 2021 class.
Zion won a state championship with BGHS back in 2017 as an 8th grader starting on the varsity squad. He then transferred to Adair county for the 2018 season and then Marshall county for the 2019 season where he was deemed ineligible by the KHSAA.
Harmon holds offers from Auburn, St. Louis, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.