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. Certainly a Division I prospect, he’ll at least get looks from the NEC and America East Conferences; now that he’s reclassified to 2015, it’s possible that should his offensive game come around he could go as high as the CAA. –August 29, 2013
(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.”