Releford Still Focusing on Two

Having just started his junior year at Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege, Travis Releford has become a well known name among Kansas fans. The 6-4 guard one of the premier prospects in the country, and it has already become clear that he's a priority recruit for Bill Self in the class of 2008.

Tuesday night, Releford spent some time chatting about his summer, how things are progressing on the recruiting front and how excited he is to help lead a loaded Miege squad in their quest for a state championship.

“We had an open gym tonight. Coach Self and Steve Woodberry (Missouri State) and his other coach (Ben Miller) were there,” said Releford who is expecting more visitors. “I know North Carolina, Arkansas, and I think Texas are coming out and Oklahoma too, that’s all I know so far. I thought North Carolina was going to come today but maybe it’s next week.”

Of course, playing in front of coaches is something that Releford has grown used to. Regarded as one of the top 15 prospects in his class, he feels he validated his status over the summer by earning an MVP in the Underclass All-Star game at the Adidsas Superstar camp and performing well with KC Pump ‘N Run on the club circuit. All after he sat out much of the spring with an ankle injury.

“I think I played pretty good coming off of my ankle injury, I came back and some people didn’t even notice that I was sitting out that long,” said Releford. “I think I just made plays.”

Another place Releford was making plays was on a recent unofficial visit to Kansas. After visiting Lawrence and playing pickup last year as a sophomore, he felt like he belonged more as a junior and thought that he’d held his own. Even if he did have to try and hold freshman guard Sherron Collins.

“It was good, I got to hold the new guard, Sherron, for the first time,” said Releford. “It was alright, he’s quick. He’s got a whole lot of stuff off the dribble and he’s strong. It was fun, I wasn’t getting pushed around or looking like I was in high school, I kind of fit in.”

After taking part in some pickup, he met with Bill Self. Since Kansas offered him a scholarship nearly a year ago, Releford says that the Jayhawk staff doesn’t really put pressure on him to commit, they just talk to him about his potential future.

“When I talk to them they don’t like ask me am I going to commit or when,” said Releford. “They just talk to me and tell me how much they can help me out with my game and a whole bunch of other stuff like that.”

Speaking of his future, the talented guard was watched by several programs over the summer. Places like Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma -- where he visited unofficially last weekend -- UNLV, Georgia, Illinois and many others have tried to get involved. While he isn’t opposed to listening to other programs, Releford admits that he likes Kansas and North Carolina the most at this moment.

After listing the Jayhawks as a leader for a while, Releford also said that things are now pretty much even.

“I’d say they’re equal,” said Releford of Kansas and North Carolina. “I don’t know, I’ve just got to get to know the coaches more before I really decide on things.”

According to Releford, he wants to be sure that he finds out as much as he can about each school. Because of that, he’ll spend his second year in a row in Lawrence for season opening Late Night festivities this October and he’s also trying to put together an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill at some point during the fall.

Also aware that he made ripples among those who follow recruiting after mentioning during the summer that he might want to get away from home for school, Releford wanted to clarify himself.

“I don’t mean that I don’t want to be anywhere close to home,” said Releford. “But when people have asked if distance matters, it doesn’t. I don’t care if it is close to home or far away. On the Internet they tried to make it like I wanted to go far away and that isn’t what I meant.”

Finally, after missing the second half of his sophomore campaign because of his transfer to Bishop Miege from Kansas City (MO) Central, the playmaker is just looking forward to getting back on the floor. Miege will feature underrated senior shooting guard Chris Combs and a crew of transfers that includes talented 6-10 junior Willie Reed and Travis’s younger brother Trevor, a 5-7 freshman PG.

The way Releford sees it, Miege has all of the parts to make deep run in the state playoffs.

“I think we’ll be pretty good and we’ve got all of the talent. If we play together I don’t think anybody can beat us,” said Releford. “We’ve got a shooting guard, we’ve got a wing man, we got a point, a shooter and we’ve got an almost seven foot center. We’ve just got to play together if we want to get to state.

“It’s going to be fun (playing with Trevor), It will be just like it was in middle school.”

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