Isaiah Traylor commits to Arkansas State basketball

East Central guard Isaiah Traylor picks AState

When Isaiah Traylor visited the Arkansas State campus two weeks ago he ran into an old friend.

After the Red Wolves’ football game with Missouri, Traylor met up A-State freshman linebacker Justin Clifton, who hails from the same home town.

“He told me I needed to come up there,’’ said Traylor, who is a sophomore guard at East Central (Miss.) Community College. “He is just like family.”

It must have helped. The 6-foot-4 Traylor committed to the Red Wolves on Tuesday night.

“I really liked it up, it felt like home,’’ he said. “I really enjoyed my visit. I feel like it is a place where I can go and make an impact and it is close to home so my parents can come watch me play.”

Traylor, one of the top shooters in the nation last seasons, visited Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee and picked the Red Wolves over the Blue Raiders.

“I know there is a chance there for a lot of minutes,’’ he said. “That is one of the things that sold me on Arkansas State.”

As a freshman he averaged 11.5 points a game while playing less than 20 minutes per contest. He shot 46.4 percent from the floor and 45.9 on 3-pointers. At the free throw line he was 86.4 percent. His 3-point percentage ranked 34th in the nation and his free throw shooting was 11th.

“I’m a combo guard but I feel like the strongest part of my game is my shooting,’’ he said. “At one time I was top 10 in the country on 3-point shooting.”

Traylor, who plans to sign in November, is the fifth commitment this fall for the Red Wolves joining Christian Willis, a 6-2 guard from St. Louis Christian Brothers, Benton’s 6-9 Jake Scoggins, 6-2 guard Wilmer Johnson of Wallace (Ala.) State and 6-8 Immanuel Griggs of Georgia Highlands.