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Isaac Traudt, playing with the spotlight

Isaac Traudt garnering national attention playing at Grand Island Senior High
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 10:53 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - When you think of where the top Division I college basketball talent comes from Grand Island, Neb. is not the first place that comes to mind. Well, Isaac Traudt is changing that narrative.

Traudt plays for the Grand Island Senior High basketball team. As a sophomore, he was second on the team in points, averaging 16.7 points per game. It was after this season he began to get national attention, picking up 26 Division I offers since March.

It is not small division one schools either. He is getting interest from top programs such as Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.

“It’s been awesome. Absolute blessing,” Traudt said. “It’s been a dream come true for sure.”

In the Class of 2022, he ranks in the top 50 nationally on 24/7 sports.

With so much attention a “big head” can easily come but coach Jeremiah Slough said it is not the case with Traudt.

“He’s coach-able every single day,” Slough said. “Eager to learn and he’s also incredible humble and he trusts his teammates a great deal.”

Traudt is only a junior but how he approaches the game shows he is beyond his years.

“Just have to go 100 percent all of the time,” he said. “You know all the great ones did like Kobe, LeBron and Jordan. So, just have to that mindset. Just every single rep has to be the best I can be.”

As an underclassman, Traudt left his mark at Grand Island, and Coach Slough has been there each step of the way.

“To watch him flourish and to watch him grow and kind of the man that’s he’s become is really special.” Slough said. “He’s a neat kid to be around and I hope the people who come to watch, or are able to stream can appreciate the type of kid he is.”

Grand Island does not draw the attention Omaha or Lincoln schools do and Traudt would not have it any other way.

“Being able to play here instead of Prep school or something like that means a lot more to me,” he said. “I’m big on loyalty and its nice to be able to play with my friends and try to win a state championship.”

The Islanders have not been to the State Tournament since 2010. But with two more years of Traudt, their odds of getting there are a whole better.

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