Still, Travis Releford swears he doesn’t notice exactly who it is lining the sideline or standing under the basket when he suits up for KC Pump ‘N Run.
“I really don’t pay attention,” said Releford. “I just try to look at it as if they were fans and I play ball.”
Having earned accolades from the national scouting services, earned the All-Star game MVP at the prestigious Adidas Superstar Camp and toured the country playing ball, it’s easy to see that confidence plays a big part in the budding star’s game. But, he’s careful not to be too confident out there.
“My confidence is high, but I just need to keep working and playing ball,” Releford told Phog.Net. “I can’t let that get that to me, I just need to do what I do.”
Doing what he does is playing a smooth all-around game. In fact, sometimes people watching will walk away asking what the big deal is because he’s not reliant upon athleticism or deep jumpers. Instead he makes beautiful cuts to the hoop away from the ball, beats his man in transition, works the glass and makes jumpers when he needs to. More often than not, Releford plays just as well on the defensive end too and by the end of the game he almost always seems to end up with 24 or 25 points without having to dominate the ball.
While he feels that he deserves to be listed among the top players in the country, it’s not something he’s focusing on.
“Sometimes yes, I think I belong up there, but I don’t take it to my head,” said Releford. “I just try to look at it like I’m a ball player playing ball. What continues to motivate me the most? I don’t know. I just like playing ball.”
Not surprisingly, schools from across the country have tried to get involved. Duke, Kansas and North Carolina are still the three schools he’ll mention more often than not. In that group one school has stayed on top, another has made a move up and another has faded while places like Missouri, UConn, Texas, Illinois, Iowa and others have all made it clear that they’d like to get involved.
“There’s a whole lot of schools looking at me, North Carolina has stepped up but I haven’t really heard from Duke yet,” said Releford of his early favorites. “Kansas is still up there on top.”
Since he’s not anywhere near making a college choice and summer ball is pretty much done, Releford finds himself with plenty of time to work on his game. He knows exactly where he’ll focus too.
“My jumper, I need to keep working on that,” said Releford. “That and my ball handling, that’s about it.”