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Notre Dame Hoops Note | 2022 Target Isaac Traudt Has "Great Feel" For Game

August 12, 2020

Isaac Traudt‍ certainly fits what the Notre Dame men’s basketball program looks for in a recruit.

“He has a great feel for the game,” one source says of the 2022 Nebraska swingman, who received an offer from the Irish last month. “He doesn’t play a position. He is a basketball player.

“He can dribble, shoot, pass and rebound, which makes him intriguing.”

One of the directors of Traudt’s Supreme Court AAU program, Ryan Reeder, sees many of the same traits.

“His ability to score at all three levels is the first thing that jumps off the page,” says Reeder. “You have a 6-9 guy who can handle it, can get to the rim, he has a pull-up jumper and a nice little step-back that is almost unguardable at times and he’s a dead-eye three-point shooter.

“His ability to play at all three levels separates him from everybody else.”

Reeder says he’s most proud of the way Traudt has dedicated himself for the last year to improving on the defensive end.

“He’s starting to understand how to use his long arms and his reach to his advantage on the defensive end,” the coach says. “When you’re growing into a 6-9 body, you’re not going to be as fleet-footed as some other kids, but he’s starting to realize just how he can use his body to his advantage so he can guard different guys.

“The growth he has had in the last year as a player has been phenomenal. He’s an absolute gym rat and I know he’s working his butt off in the weight room too.”

As important as Traudt’s potential fit within Mike Brey’s system is to the Irish, it’s just as important to Traudt as he considers all of the opportunities that are in front of him. Academics will be crucial and so will the ability to flourish on the court, so Notre Dame has a couple things working in its favor off the bat.

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