Kentucky’s recruiting efforts for the Class of 2020 could lead them to offering a prospect that is quietly rising the ranks. In-state forward JJ Traynor, who is currently unranked in most recruiting outlets, has been gaining some special attention lately.
In a recent roundtable of 247Sports’ recruiting analysts, lead analyst Evan Daniels raved about Traynor. He referred to the Kentucky native as as “the biggest sleeper in the country.”
“I’m a believer in the talent of JJ Traynor who I saw in July and thought he was the biggest sleeper in the country. Traynor is the son of a former McDonald’s All-American and he’s nearly a year young for his grade. He passes the smell test of a late bloomer and an emerging prospect… He’s got impressive size, length, athleticism, quickness and scoring ability for a primary ball handler.”
Though he has yet to get a rating from ESPN or Rivals, Traynor got a four-star rating in the most recent 247Sports ranking. He was listed as the No. 76 overall prospect in the country, the No. 12 power forward, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Kentucky.
But Power Five schools have held off on offering Traynor to this point. Most of the standing offers he has are coming from the mid-majors.
As of writing, his only known offers have come from DePaul, Evansville, Northern Kentucky, and Western Kentucky.
However, Traynor is still checking out some of the local basketball powerhouses in an effort to get an offer. He has already taken an unofficial visit to Cincinnati and has ones scheduled at Louisville and Kentucky. His father Jason Osborne played for the Cardinals, so he has a major connection to the ACC program.
JJ Traynor will reportedly be in attendance for Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event on October 11, so the Wildcats’ interest could definitely start heating up.