Releford Glad To Be Back

Back in late January when he made the decision to transfer from Kansas City (MO) Central to Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege, Travis Releford never imagined that it would be until mid May before he took the court again. After sitting out the last part of the high school season due to transfer rules, the 6-5 WG dislocated his right ankle playing in a church league game during March.

Finally healed and ready to go, Releford made his return to the court just over a week ago at the Jayhawk Invitational. By his own admission he was a little rusty, but he was more happy to be out there with his teammates.

“It really feels good to get back out there with my team,” Releford told Phog.Net. “I’ve missed the crowd and all the hypness of getting pumped up for a game. My first couple of games I felt a little rusty, my shots were short but that’s about it.”

Although the ankle injury kept him sidelined for almost two months, it didn’t stop the rising junior from working on his game. He still attended his KC Pump ‘N Run squad’s workouts and did what he could to stay in tip top shape. A versatile player who has always been able to handle, drive, dish and rebound, Releford focused on his jump shot.

“The hardest part about being out is getting my wind back, but I’m working,” said Releford. “My goal for the next month or so, I want to have my jumper where it’s just wet.”

Long considered one of the premier talents in the class of 2008, Releford has heard from most of the top programs in the country. However, a consistent trio of schools has always and continues to be his main focus and one of them continues to hold an edge.

“It’s still the same really. Duke has been calling, North Carolina is going to come watch my games and Kansas is still recruiting me,” said Releford. “They (Kansas) are still the leader”

Having made several unofficial visits to Lawrence for Jayhawk home games, he’s been able to develop a good relationship with Bill Self and the Kansas staff. When asked if the gap between Kansas and other programs is one that can be made up, Releford isn’t sure.

“I don’t know. I haven’t seen any other schools like Kansas or gotten to meet the coaches,” said Releford. “That’s something I want to do before I decide.”

Now that he’s back on the court and school is about to finish up, Releford is looking forward to a busy summer. He’s been selected by Adidas to compete on a select team that is scheduled to compete in a tournament in China during late June. In addition to that, he’ll continue to run with KC Pump ‘N Run on the club circuit and he’ll make a stop at the Adidas Superstar Camp in July. As for what those watching him can expect?

“They should expect a hard working player,” said Releford. “I’m also a good defender and somebody that can play well with his team and encourages his team.”

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