Class of 2022 forward Mady Traore is a force to be reckoned with. Approaching 7’ tall with a 7’3 wingspan, Traore has undeniably special physical tools. The Bull City Prep Academy (NC) prospect from France effortlessly covers ground on both ends of the floor and also shows tantalizing flashes as a shooter, playmaker, slasher, and finisher.
This week, Traore spent some time chatting with Pro Insight’s Jake Lieberman about his recruitment.
For the next installment of “Recruiting Roundup,” we present class of 2022 prospect Mady Traore from Paris, France:
Pro Insight: What are you looking to accomplish this high school basketball season? What are your goals?
Mady Traore: I’m looking to establish myself as a dominating one-through-five. Meaning that I want to put my game in a full display on the offensive side as well as the defensive side. I want to guard one-through-five. I’m not going to hold back. Last year I focused and learned how the game is played here in the US. This year, I’m not going to hold back.
PI: Which programs are prioritizing you the most or expressing the most interest?
MT: As of now, I would say USC, Kansas, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Maryland.
PI: Where all have you visited thus far? Do you have any future visits planned?
MT: No, I’m planning on getting settled in with school, and then I’ll look at what my options are.
PI: If you could team up with any high school player in the country when you guys get to college, who would you pick?
MT: I’m not your ‘superteam’-type guy. I can play with anybody, really.
PI: How do you project your role at the next level?
MT: Playing one-through-five on both sides of the court. Also getting a ton of rebounds, to start the offense, or getting easy put-backs or just dunking in traffic.
PI: What are your three main priorities when it comes to your recruitment?
MT: My development as a player, the coaching staff, and the freedom to play all positions.
PI: How's your timeline looking?
MT: I’m not in any rush. I’m very positive about my upcoming season and I’m truly focused more on getting ready and better everyday so I can have a big impact on both sides of the court. Working smart and hard, every day...the rest will take care of itself.
PI: What's your pre-game pump up song/artist?
MT: ‘Came and Saw’ by Young Thug.
PI: Which player in the NBA or college would you compare your game to?
MT: I think my game it’s still evolving and it’s kind of hard to really compare, but I can tell you that I love Giannis and KD a lot.