On the Trail
He is a very intriguing, athletic face-up ‘four’ with a lot up upside. Currently, he does a lot of things well on the basketball court. Right now, he’s most dangerous on the defensive end, using his long arms to alter a lot of shots. He’s got above-average hands, and as he continues to work on his footwork he’ll become a better rebounder as well. On offense, he gets a lot of his buckets within 10 feet, though he has shown the ability to pop out and hit a jumper from time to time. He will need to continue to work on his strength and conditioning as he gets to college. He’s getting offers in the MAAC/NEC range, and could see offers from schools in the CAA offering if he can continue to get his motor running higher at all times and get more consistency with his face-up game. –July 15, 2014
(November 12, 2012): Traore committed to and signed with Monmouth in a ceremony at his house.
(August 4, 2014): Traore cut his list down to six schools: Fairfield, Monmouth, Saint Peter’s, Wagner, Fairleigh Dickinson and Florida Gulf Coast. He plans on visiting all six, cutting his list down to three for official visits to come in September/October and a decision by mid-October.
(July 29, 2014): Traore added two more offers, from Wagner and Fairleigh Dickinson. They’re his 10th and 11 offers, joining Iona, North Texas, Saint Peter’s, Cal State-Bakersfield, Rider, UMBC, Fairfield, Hartford and Maryland-Eastern Shore.
His AAU coach, Skip Robinson, said that he’ll be cutting his list down to five schools in “mid-August,” will take unofficial visits to those schools and then “go from there.”
(July 17, 2014): At the Hoop Group Summer Classic East, Traore picked up two more offers, from Fairfield and North Texas
(July 14, 2014): Traore added an offer from Saint Peter’s.
(July 11, 2014): Traore added an offer from Cal State-Bakersfield to those from UMES, UMBC and Hartford.
(August 29, 2013): Phelps coach Brian Shanahan confirmed to CoBL that Traore was headed to the school and reclassifying from 2014 to 2015.
(July 14, 2013): Traore now holds offers from Maryland-Eastern Shore and the University of Hartford following the 2013 Elevate Hoops Showdown.
(January 10th, 2013): CoBL spoke to Traore’s former coach at Prep Charter, Rahim Washington, Jr. after their game against PE&T.
“He’s still a junior, he still needs a lot of work,” said Prep Charter coach Rahim Washington Sr., who named Quinnipiac and George Mason as the two schools asking about Traore. “What you’re seeing today is just a small display of a portion of his game. He still needs to work on his ball-handling…it’s just a matter of picking up his work ethic a lot more and taking advantage of opportunities.”