You will notice that college coaches and prospects have begun setting June dates for official visits. That’s because the recruiting dead period that has been in place since the late winter/spring of 2020 because of the coronavirus is expected to be lifted June 1. CBS Sports National College Football writer Dennis Dodd reports the NCAA could make this official this week.
Several football prospects, including 5-star senior offensive lineman Zach Rice, have set June official visit dates to the University of Virginia. Now a top Virginia basketball class of 2022 target – Nebraska native Isaac Traudt – is eyeing an official visit in June according to Zagsblog writer Jacob Polacheck.
2022 four-star power forward Isaac Traudt is looking to take an official to Virginia from June 11-13.
— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) April 12, 2021
Virginia basketball class of 2022 commit Isaac McKneely took notice of this news and passed along a friendly message to the 4-star forward and Nebraska native.
— Isaac McKneely (@IsaacMcKneely) April 12, 2021
In a March 5 EDGE recruiting feature, Traudt named UVA as a school he “definitely” wanted to visit once the NCAA’s dead period was lifted.
“I’d like to get out there as soon as I can,” Traudt said, referring to UVA. Click here to read the full EDGE report on the 6’9” rising senior. “Being able to visit the school is important to me.”
Traudt shed light on why he wants to visit UVA, saying: “I think it would be a pretty good fit for me. I like how they play offensively, how they utilize their wings like Sam Hauser, and even big guys like Jay Huff on the perimeter too. [Coach Bennett] showed me film of Sam coming off screens and shooting 3s, but also initiating actions. I definitely like their priority on defense with the Pack Line. We run something similar at our school. I think I could potentially go in and pick it up pretty fast. Off the court, I’m a big fan of Coach Bennett. I like how he is open about his faith because that’s how I am and I think it’s cool.”
Traudt’s recruitment took off in the spring of 2020, when he claimed scholarship offers from (in order which he announced them on Twitter) Nebraska, Creighton, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Stanford, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Purdue, Oregon, Iowa, Ole Miss and Georgetown. Louisville and Marquette offered last fall. Kansas came through on January 7 and Virginia on January 20.
In addition to UVA, the Grand Island Senior High School star said he would “like to probably see 10 other schools pretty fast once I can … I hope more than that.”
McKneely, Poca On Pause Before Playoffs
A COVID-19 positive case on the Poca boys varsity basketball team has led to the Dots cancelling their final four regular season games, but McKneely and company are expected to be ready for postseason play according to this tweet.
Prior to the pause, the Virginia guard commit was on a tear. McKneely averaged 33.3 points over the last three games, making 30-of-47 field goals and 17-of-27 3s. The 4-star junior added 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game according to the Poca basketball Twitter account.
McKneely has uploaded highlights from the second half of this season on Hudl.
Klintman Chooses A School
Class of 2022 guard/forward Bobi Klintman has committed, but not to a college. The 6’8”, 200-pound prospect has committed to close out his high school career in the United States at Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, KS).
— Bobi Klintman (@Bobi13267549) April 13, 2021
Klintman, a native of Sweden, boasts scholarship offers from Kansas, Nebraska, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Virginia. The UVA coaches are comparing him to De’Andre Hunter, and this is a comparison he has seemed receptive to. He discussed the comparison and much more in this in-depth interview with ProspectiveInsight.com.
“I wouldn’t say that I model my game after anybody, but I would say I get compared to different players,” Klintman said. “I like Giannis the most, but I’ve gotten compared to De’Andre Hunter. I also think I’m pretty similar to him when I watch his game. But I’m also trying to be a bit different because there aren’t many 6’8” players who can play the PG spot, too, and that’s what I’m trying to develop. To also play the guard spot, to be a threat at the guard spot. That’s also one of my things I’m trying to develop.”