Even though he is only a sophomore in high school, Travis Releford is no stranger to Allen Fieldhouse after making several trips to Jayhawk games during the 2004-05 season. Friday night, the 6-4 guard from Kansas City (MO) Central drove over to Lawrence with several family members and his high school coach to check out his first Late Night. As it turns out, the festivities were much more enjoyable than he expected them to be.
“I thought it was fun, real fun,” Releford told Phog.Net. “I didn’t think it was going to be like that. I thought that they would just introduce the players and play some. I didn’t expect all of the stuff with the drill teams, videos and all of the other people.”
In fact, there were a few particular moments that stood out for him.
“I forgot the name of the group, but the guys who did all of the ball handling and stunts out there were cool,” said Releford. “I also liked the warm-ups and all of the dunks that the team was doing. The fans were going crazy.”
Because of the format and the amount of prospects that were on hand, Releford didn’t get to spend a ton of time with the coaching staff or players. He did, however, find time to chat with a few of the guys before the festivities started.
“I talked to Brandon Rush, Julian Wright and all of the coaches,” said Releford. “Julian was telling me about how different workouts are in college compared to when he was in high school. Brandon has actually been over to my house before so we just said what’s up and talked a little.”
While he is quick to point out that it is still very early in the recruiting process and that he doesn’t plan on giving a commitment in the near future, Releford did admit that he likes Kansas. In fact, he admitted that they currently head his list of schools when asked where the Jayhawks stand.
“At the top, that’s where they stand,” said Releford. “It seems like it is a whole lot of fun there and all of the players are having fun. I also like Duke and North Carolina and I’m going to visit them too. Iowa is really trying to talk to me too.”
Next on the agenda for Releford is his sophomore season of high school basketball. He and his teammates at Central are slated to begin practice on October 31st and Releford thinks he can raise his scoring average up to the 30 range after dropping in nearly 25 a game as a freshman. More importantly, he’s looking forward to playing with a more team oriented group.
“I think that we’re going to good,” said Releford. “Last year we had a lot of seniors that didn’t really want to share the ball and they were always looking to get their shine. This year we’ve got people wanting to play as a team. As long as everybody plays their role we’ll be fine.”