Versatility, size helps Grand Island’s Traudt become top prospect

Traudt has received dozens of Division-I scholarship offers, including Nebraska and Creighton, who both offered on Monday. 

LINCOLN – Grand Island’s Isaac Traudt knows exactly why he’s become one of the state’s top prospects this past year.

“Definitely, my versatility,” Traudt said. “Just being able to play positions 2-4, maybe even the five at some places. Being able to shoot, dribble, pass, do everything offensively and then block shots at the rim and get better defensively.”

Traudt has received dozens of Division-I scholarship offers, including Nebraska and Creighton, who both offered on Monday.

The rising junior averaged 16.7 points a game for the Islanders last year. But his rise to one of Nebraska’s best high school basketball players can be attributed to a growth spurt.

“Growing up, I was always taller than most people,” Traudt said. “Then in eighth grade, everyone caught up to me and passed me. Then I hit my growth spurt last year, grew six inches in a year, so I still had the post moves and the guard moves. I just put it all together.”

Traudt said he isn’t leaning toward any school as of yet. The junior just wants to find the right spot.

“I don’t have a preference for school, I just want to go somewhere that’s a good fit both academically and athletically. I hope to play professionally somewhere, someday. So whatever school betters me for that.”

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