Traynham Signs NLI With UMass Basketball
April 19, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass basketball head coach Derek Kellogg has announcing the signing of sensational point guard Daryl Traynham (Upper Marlboro, Md./Henry A. Wise High School), as he has completed and returned his National Letter of Intent. The highly-touted Traynham will join the Minutemen for the 2010-11 season.
"We are very excited to have Daryl join our UMass basketball family," said Kellogg, who will enter his third season as the head coach at his alma mater next year. "Daryl brings a great competitive spirit. He has always been a leader as a person and a player. He will bring outstanding assets to our program both on and off the court. We are thrilled to have Daryl as the newest Minuteman!"
Traynham (5-9, 175 pounds) has been a top-level point guard at Wise High School in Maryland earning numerous accolades. He has played in several postseason all-star games. This past week, in the 37th Annual Capital Classic, Traynham's 15 points and game-high six assists led the Capital All-Stars to a victory against the U.S. All-Stars, 117-108. He was named to the All-Capital Classic Team.
He was named to the Washington Post's 2010 All-MET First Team after averaging 23.4 points and 9.0 assists per game. He had 17 games where he scored 20 or more points. He tallied 30 or more in four games including 34 vs. Northwestern High School on two different occasions. He shot 81.2 percent from the free throw line.
"I just felt comfortable with the coaches at UMass," said Traynham. "I feel that the program is headed in the right direction and UMass has such a family atmosphere with the team."
He also earned first-team All-Gazette and first-team all-county in Prince George's County.
Traynham played his AAU basketball with D.C. Assault where he has been a teammate with current UMass freshman Javorn Farrell and fellow signee Maxie Esho.
"Having played three years with Javorn and two with Maxie made it easier to chose to come to UMass," said Traynham. "It will feel like playing at home being with those guys."
He received an 87 grade from ESPNU which gave the following analysis: "Traynham plays in attack mode. He can score off the dribble by splitting defenders full pull-up jumpers, floaters and acrobatic layups in the lane. He can drive, draw and kick and get to the rim in transition. He is small but fearless. He competes and plays with confidence."
Rivals.com ranked him as the nation's No. 27 point guard prospect for this year's senior class, and its No. 110 prospect overall.
He was born Sept. 23, 1991. Traynham is the son of Linnell and Damon Handon and is the brother of Derrell and Tarrington.
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