• Joseph Tipton

Q/A with 2022 four-star Isaac Traudt

Tell me about where you grew up.

I was born and raised here in Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s not a huge town. 60 thousand people or so it has some stuff to do but at the same time still has a small town feeling.

Was basketball always a priority in your household? Who put the ball in your hands?

My parents both played in high school. Neither of them played at the collegiate level though. They just noticed I had a gift early and really wanted me to take it seriously.

When did you start taking the sport seriously?

I really started taking it seriously in about 6th grade or so. I hadn’t really grown or anything yet but I could really shoot it which made me want to keep working on other aspects of my game.

Any family members/relatives that played college/pro sports?

My mom played Volleyball and Tennis at the Division 2 level.

Describe your game in a sentence or two.

I’m a versatile wing that can do a bit of everything everywhere.

What does the game of basketball mean to you? In other words, why does it mean so much to you?

The game of basketball means a lot to me. It means a lot to me because I really enjoy playing it and have put a lot of time into getting better. It’s opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to make a lot of friendships.

How do you feel about your current ranking?

I think it’s pretty good. I still think I should be quite a bit higher but i’m not too worried about it.

Tell me your general thoughts on rankings. Do they matter? If so, how much do they matter in the whole scheme of things?

I think it’s nice to know that people think highly of me rankings wise. I still don’t pay much attention to rankings at all because as soon as you step foot on a college campus, nobody cares what you were ranked in high school.

Do you have a current list of schools you’re focused on?

Not really, my recruitment is pretty wide open right now.

What schools reach out to you the most?

I would say the schools that consistently reach out to me the most are Creighton, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisville, and Virginia.

During the recruiting process, does it make a difference how often the head coach reaches out to you (texts/calls)? Does it make you feel that much of a priority? 

Yes it definitely makes a huge difference. The head coach is the guy that puts you in the game and controls everything. When a school’s head coach contacts me the most, it makes me feel like more of a priority.

What advice would you give to a college coach in order to do an effective way of recruiting you in the “COVID era”? Any tips or pointers for them to stand out amongst all the other coaches in your phone?

I think that since the circumstances have changed so much, doing more zooms and facetimes are more effective in building relationships.

Do you have someone to guide you through the recruiting process and show you the ropes? If so, who is that person and what advice have they given you?

The people that help me the most with my recruitment are my dad, my mom, Ryan Reeder, and Matt Cumro. Matt and Ryan are the directors of the AAU program that I am a part of.

What is something you’ve already learned about the recruiting process that you would share with a younger brother/teammate?

Just to soak it all in, enjoy it, and really be thankful for everything.

Have you talked with anyone else in your class about possibly forming a package deal in college? 

A little bit yeah. I’ve gotten pretty close with Joe Hurlburt over the past few months and we’ve talked about it a little bit.

What schools have you visited so far, either unofficially, officially, or virtually? 

The only school i’ve visited unofficially is Creighton. I’ve done plenty of virtual visits over the past few months with Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Iowa State, just to name a few.

Are there any schools that are currently recruiting you that have not yet offered that you expect to offer you sometime in the near future?

Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Illinois, and Virginia.

Name a few schools that aren’t recruiting you at all, that you would like to receive an offer from sometime in the future.

Probably Villanova.

Is building a stacked recruiting class, and bringing top talent in with you a priority? 

Yeah I think that would be really cool to have a stacked class.

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