Traynham: 'He Lets His Players Play'

The 2010 class appears to be loaded with high-major point guard prospects and one of those making a name for himself this spring is Charlotte (NC) Vance's Daryl Traynham. Pack Pride has the latest on Traynham's recruitment.

The 2010 class appears to be loaded with high-major point guard prospects and one of those making a name for himself this spring is Charlotte (NC) Vance's Daryl Traynham.

Traynham began his high school career at Wise (MD) High School where he averaged 16 points a game on the varsity level as a true freshman. He transferred to Vance and teams up with fellow underclassmen Jacoby Davis and Jarrel Rankin to give Vance one of the top young backcourts in the state of North Carolina.

At 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Traynham is far from the biggest player on the floor, but there is no doubt who the leader is when his teams hit the hardwood. Heady, saavy, and extremely tough, Traynham is a true point guard.

"Traynham, a Washington, D.C. product, is a leader with a tremendous feel for the position," Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep stated earlier this year after watching him lead Vance to a playoff victory. "He forces tempo and is a pesky defender. Size will play a role in his long-term college choice but if he tightens up his stroke it'd be hard to pass on him.

"At the very least, he's an elite mid-level point man; guys who don't mind smaller points will love what he brings to the table. He's a one-man press breaker. With points, you look for kids who take ownership in their team and have presence; Traynham has both and is a winner."

On the AAU circuit, Traynham is good enough to play up as the starting point guard for D.C. Assault's 17-under squad while 2010 floor generals Tyler Thornton and Eric Atkins lead the 16-under team.

His strong spring play has led to plenty of high major interest and NC State is one program recruiting the talented point guard.

Pack Pride spoke with Traynham following one of his games, and we will have highlights of him in action later this week.

How would you rate your performance?
I had a good game... I had a lot of assists. We have a new teammate, and we're trying to get him going with the team and comfortable. My shot was off, so I was trying to pass the ball off as much as I can.

What have you been hearing from schools?
Actually Xavier offered me, Oregon offered me recently, Kansas State, St. Joe's, Maryland, Clemson, and I've been talking to a few N.C. State coaches [Levi Watkins and Sidney Lowe] too.

What was your first impression of State?
When I first came here, I liked the campus, I really liked it. I was really impressed with the [RBC Center].

Have you come in for a visit?
"No, but that will come. I've been up here twice. Sidney Lowe told me he wanted me to come to [one of their camps].

What have you got to do this next year to get better?
I got to work on my jumper. It has improved, but it's still got work. I'm going to improve my handle, get stronger and get in the weight room.

What's appealing about Sidney Lowe?
He lets his players play.

Did former D.C. Assault player Mike Beasley (who was in attendance for Trayham's game) have anything to do with the Kansas State interest?
Mike started it. We already had two players going to Kansas State, but Mike's what started it.

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