Catching Up With Virginia Basketball Recruit Isaac Traudt

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University of Virginia basketball recruit Isaac Traudt and the Grand Island High School (Grand Island, NE) boys varsity basketball team takes on Vashon on Friday, December 10. The matchup takes place at 2:00 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally by ESPNU.

The Islanders have a challenging task taking down the unbeaten Wolverines (4-0), a reigning state champion out of St. Louis (MO), but the future Hoo is excited for the opportunity.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Traudt said. “I think we’re the first high school team in Nebraska to play a nationally televised game. It was really cool at first. We’re all still really excited, but at the end of the day it’s just another game. Just ready to play.”

Grand Island is off to an 0-2 start in 2021-22, falling by two points on a last second layup in the season-opener against undefeated Creighton Prep. Traudt poured in 34 points, but Creighton Prep scored five unanswered in the final minute to snatch the win. Grand Island fell to Elkorn South of Omaha by 25 points in its second game of the year.

On Saturday, December 11, Traudt and company take on another undefeated team, Blue Valley High School (Stilwell, KS) at 10 p.m. EST. This game can be seen on ESPN3.

“Yeah, I definitely don’t think we have anything to lose,” Traudt said. “We’re not expected to win. It’s always good to be the underdog. I think you play harder sometimes. We’ll play hard and see what happens.”

The 6’9” Traudt, a consensus 4-star prospect rated among the top 50 seniors in the nation by 247 Sports and ESPN, averaged 25.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a junior last season. This included a school single game scoring record 57-point performance. Following an offseason in which he competed with the Nebraska Supreme on the Under Armour AAU circuit and participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp, how has Traudt improved from his junior campaign.

“I feel a lot different,” Traudt said. “I’m more athletic and I’m stronger. I’ve added about 15 pounds or so, which has helped. My defense and rebounding are better, too. The next aspect