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.
Phog.net was able to catch up with Releford and his summer coach with KC Pump ‘N Run, L.J. Goolsby, and from the sounds of it the injury hasn’t slowed down Travis or his recruitment.
“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.”
While other kids might worry that being unable to play during the critical evaluation month of April might hurt their stock, Releford isn’t worried.
“When I get back they’ll all see the same things they saw from me before,” said Releford. “Most of the scouts and coaches have seen me play before so they know what I can do.”
As for when he’ll be back on the court, that’s still up in the air. Releford is hoping to be ready by the weekend of the Jayhawk Invitational (May 12-14) in Lawrence but doesn’t want to rush things.
“I’m in therapy and I’m working hard at getting it (ankle) better,” said Releford. “I’m doing whatever they tell me to do so that I can get back as fast as possible. But, I’m not going rush to get back out there because I don’t want to come back too soon and hurt myself again.”
His summer coach concurs.
“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.”
As for Releford himself, he’s still got Kansas at the top of his list and much of that has to do with familiarity.
“That’s the only college I’ve really been to,” said Releford of Kansas. “It’s close to home so I see and talk to the coaches all the time and I know them real well.”