What's Up With Releford?

Considered one of the top players in the class of 2008, Travis Releford won't lack for playing options on the college level. While schools from all over the country have been expressing interest in the six-foot-four inch wing, he's been busy adjusting to his new surroundings at Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege as he leads the Stags on a quest for a class 5A title.

According to his summer coach with KC Pump ‘N Run, L.J. Goolsby, the transition to the private catholic school has gone pretty well.

“I think he’s still adjusting to the situation. He’s just trying to find out where he’s going to fit in with his skill set and what position is best for him with the rest of the players they have,” said Goolsby. “They’ve got their big man back and I think that will free him up to do what he what he does best.”

After spending some time at point guard earlier in the season, Releford is headed back to the wing where he’s a little more comfortable.

“I think he’s a two/three, more of a slasher, scoring type player,” Goolsby told Phog.Net. “He’s able to bring the ball up the court and make plays, but I don’t think that (point guard) is going to be his position at the college level. But, with his passing and playmaking ability you never know.”

By now, most who have followed Releford are very familiar with what he can do on the basketball court. What people really want to know, though, is where Releford stands in the recruiting process. A frequent guest of the Kansas coaching staff, many have wondered exactly how Releford feels about the Jayhawks.

“I think he really enjoys KU and it’s always been a school he’s looked at,” said Goolsby. “It’s close to home and the type of environment it has is the type that he’d like to play in so it’s very intriguing to him as a player.”

Although nobody but Releford can truly know which schools he prefers the most, Kansas has always been in a strong position.

“I would definitely give Kansas the nod, but in the same breath I know that he likes other schools,” said Goolsby. “Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas State and obviously North Carolina. Those are the main schools he talks about.”

Now halfway through his junior season, it doesn’t look like Releford has set any timetable about narrowing his focus. Sooner or later he will start to whittle the list down and get more serious about making a decision, but for now he’s in no rush and much movement isn’t likely until after the season when he can get a chance to visit some of the schools that aren’t within easy driving distance.

“Eventually he’ll make a decision but the timetable is unknown,” said Goolsby. “That could change, but right now he’s pretty comfortable with just playing and letting the decision take care of itself when it happens.

“I definitely think he would love to go see the other schools but the timeframe is difficult. With him playing on most Friday nights it’s hard for him to get away to really visit a school. I’m sure he’ll make it over to Missouri for a game and probably to Kansas again but it’s tough for him to go anywhere else during the season.”

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