Recruiting Report: Tra’Von Fagan (2016)
November 19, 2015 Though Cedar Falls senior Tra’Von Fagan picked up a Division II offer from Upper Iowa back in June, it has since been revoked, leaving the talented 6-foot-5 wing offer-less and hungry to prove his worth. “They…
November 19, 2015
Though Cedar Falls senior Tra’Von Fagan picked up a Division II offer from Upper Iowa back in June, it has since been revoked, leaving the talented 6-foot-5 wing offer-less and hungry to prove his worth.
“They (Upper Iowa) took that away because they had a player who came back that was injured. They didn’t know he was coming back, so they took that away,” said Fagan, who is seeing some heavy interest come in from NAIA, Division II, and a couple Division I programs.
“Briar Cliff said they were going to offer me. Central Missouri has been looking at me a little bit. I had schools like Kirkwood looking at me, and a lot of D2s, Nebraska-Kearney has been talking to me a lot.”
Fagan added: “Air Force reached out to me probably a month ago, and they just told me they were looking for a good player, and they they like me a little bit. Western Illinois has sent me a lot of mail too.”
Fagan says his recruitment is something he thinks about, but he doesn’t let it affect how he approaches each game.
“I think about it a lot, that’s how I want to pay for college. I don’t let it affect my playing, I just kind of go along with it, and I let my playing decide where I’ll end up,” said Fagan, who says he would prefer playing at the D1 or D2 level.
“I haven’t really thought about it too much, but I’d like to go D2, or even D1, I wouldn’t mind going to a JuCo either. My senior season I just want to get offered, and be the best that I can and play the best that I can “
Though the athletic and versatile senior has spent most of his career as a post, he says a college program seeking a guard/wing could be interested in him.
He worked relentlessly to develop his perimeter skills last offseason.
“I think I really became more of a guard, I feel like my handles got better and my shooting got better. I just feel more comfortable as a guard,” said Fagan, PHI’s 17th-ranked 2016.
“They (Cedar Falls) are going to play me in the post still this season, but I’ll be playing the four and I’ll be able to play out on the wing a little bit more now and display my guard skills.”
A strong and athletic forward, Cedar Falls and Martin Brothers prospect Tra’Von Fagan is set to burst on the recruiting scene this offseason.
So far he’s received little interest. One Division II and another Division III school have reached out, that will certainly change as the Martin Brothers continue their trek on the 17U grassroots circuit.
“I do not hold any offers right now, but Truman State has shown me a little bit of interest, and then Central Dutch in Pella, they’ve talked to me a little bit — that’s about it so far,” said Fagan.
“Really I’m just trying to get the best offer that I can, and then I’m just going to keep on working hard and showing coaches what I have and hopefully they look at me and recruit me.”
A 6-foot-6 versatile prospect, Fagan uses long arms, a nice frame, and athleticism to man the paint, but is developing perimeter skills that will make him a threat from anywhere on the floor.
“For Cedar Falls I play post, so it’s a lot of matchups and I get a little bit of slower guys on me, so I try and use my speed for an advantage, and my athleticism. And then I try and shoot the ball good too, because if they play off me and respect my athleticism I can shoot it still,” said Fagan.
“My primary position right now for (grassroots) is a three and a four, and in high school I play the five, then I feel like with my size I’ll be able transition into college and use my post game if I have a smaller guy on me, and use athleticism and guard skills if I get different mismatches on me.”
After leading Cedar Falls in scoring, rebounding , blocks and steals Fagan will be a very intriguing prospect to keep an eye on over the next year, especially while he continues to develop as a wing.
“I’m going to focus in on my shooting and dribbling a little more, and I think we (Martin Brothers) have a real good team and I think we’re going to go real far,” said Fagan. “The guys are great and I love playing with them, it’s good.”