So focused was Travis Releford, that he didn’t even realize just how close signing day was until very recently.
“You’re not going to believe this, I didn’t even know that the signing day was Wednesday until I was at the UMKC game Sunday night,” laughs Releford.” “Somebody asked me what I was going to do for it and I didn’t know.”
That isn’t to say that Releford didn’t know signing day was coming. Having gotten his commitment out of the way a few months back, neither he nor those around him have planned anything special for signing day.
“I got the letter of intent in the mail, I just didn’t realize it was onWednesday,” Releford told Phog.Net. “Coach Ziek didn’t even say anythng about it. I’m taking it to school and coach and I will talk about how to handle it.”
While the signing might not come with a ceremony or a press conference, it will still have a lot of meaning to him.
“I have nothing else to worry about but school and ball, it takes a lot of stress off of me,” said Releford of signing. “I’m the first one in my family to go to a division one college to play a sport, that’s real big time. My mom and my family are really excited about it and I am too.”
Unlike many of his counterparts who scour the net for info about the other kids being recruited by the school they are committed to, Releford hasn’t been worried. The reason is that he’s equal parts confident about his ability to contribute, get along with his classmates and that Bill Self and the rest of the Kansas coaches have put together a class that will mesh.
“I haven’t seen any of them but the twins when they came up for Late Night, but you could tell them I said what’s up,” said Releford of the 2008 signing class. “I’ve thought about it and how I’m going to have to get to know them when I see them. There’s going to be a bunch of us, it’s going to be fun. If I go in and put in the work then I know I’ll be alright.”
In the meantime, the 17 year old is focusing on his final season of high school ball. He’s been getting stronger and says his goals are to lead his team to a state title and take over games when he’s supposed to.
However, one game on the schedule is getting a little extra attention. On December 1st Releford and his teammates will square off against Missouri signee and AAU teammate Marcus Denmon’s Hogan Prep squad. It’s a matchup, that has him pretty excited.
“I can’t wait to play against him, finally,” said Releford. “I want to guard him the whole game and I know he wants to guard me. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”