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Grand Island’s Traudt Has “Fun Experience” On Creighton Visit


Isaac Traudt began his June visit tour with an unofficial visit to Creighton on Tuesday. The Bluejays were one of his first scholarship offers nearly one year ago on June 15, 2020. 

“It was a fun experience,” the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward said. “I got to hang out with the staff all day and build relationships with the new members of the staff.”

Those two new assistant coaches — Ryan Miller and Jalen Courtney-Williams — will be key to the success of CU going forward, but not the sole recruiter for the Grand Island senior-to-be. That will be CU head man Greg McDermott. McDermott has been the lead recruiter for Traudt since the Bluejays first began recruiting him over a year ago. 

“They are both really nice and genuine guys,” Traudt said of meeting Miller and Courtney-Williams. “We talked about how they ended up there and that coach Mac really wanted them there and they are excited to get started at such a good program.” 

Traudt’s day on the Hilltop started with a campus tour, then lunch, a facilities tour, photo shoot and finished with “a really good conversation with coach Mac.”

That conversation and others in the past have drawn comparisons to McDermott’s son, Doug. 

“They see me playing the wing because they play pretty position-less basketball,” he said. “Kind of how Doug played when he was there.”

The next step for Traudt is a three-day official visit to Nebraska beginning Friday. He then heads to Virginia for an official visit June 11-13 followed by an official to Michigan State (June 17-19) and finishing off his official visits this month at North Carolina the last week of the month (June 27-29). 

That leaves one of the five official visits left for the consensus top-100 prospect. 

“We are trying to finalize an official visit date with Oklahoma sometime in September,” Traudt said.

Creighton will continue to be in the mix for Traudt, who isn’t likely to announce a commitment anytime soon. The more likely commitment date could be some time just before the early signing period in November. 

“They (CU) said they would like me to come up sometime in the next few weeks and play with their guys,” Traudt said. “Now that I have a pretty good feel for their staff, they want me to get a good feel for their players.”

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