It’s been a while since anybody has seen Travis Releford play a game. After a mid-season transfer from Kansas City (MO) Central to Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege, the 6-4 guard had to sit out the rest of the high school season due to transfer rules. Then, the sophomore recently injured his ankle in a church league game leaving him on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time.
According to his summer coach with KC Pump ‘N Run, L.J. Goolsby, the injury hasn’t slowed down anything on the recruiting front.
“He’s got Kansas of course, then he talks about Duke and North Carolina and he’s also talked about Missouri, Georgia Tech and Iowa State here lately,” Goolsby told Phog.net. “I’d say that Kansas is for sure recruiting him the hardest and that Duke and North Carolina have really stepped it up with legit interest here lately.”
Ranked as high as #2 in his class nationally, Releford is already well known for his scoring prowess and overall floor game. Prior to the injury, the 16 year old was in the process of taking his game to another level as he prepares for a position switch next season.
“He was looking great in workouts, he was really working hard to improve his ball handling,” said Goolsby. “He’s probably going to move over and play the point at Bishop Miege next year so he’s focusing on improving those handles. He’s also much more explosive athletically than he’s been in the past.”
As for when he’ll be back on the court, that’s still up in the air.
“He’s doing well, last night he was running around some at practice but we aren’t going to rush him,” said Goolsby. “We’ll get a better idea of where he stands tonight at rehab. They’ll really start pushing him next week and we’ll just have to see from there.”
In the past Releford has been quoted as saying Kansas led and while Goolsby didn’t want to speak for his player in terms of favorites, he did relay what his star player has told him about the Jayhawks.
“He says that he really likes them,” said Goolsby. “He thinks they have a great program, it’s close to home and he thinks that he’ll be able to play a lot. Being able to play in front of his friends and family is good but he just wants to make sure he finds the right fit.”