So far, it's been a pretty big spring for Trevor Releford. Having just completed his junior year at Bishop Miege, the 5-foot-11 point guard has seen his stock rise over the past couple of months thanks to a series of strong performances at a handful of tournaments and events like the recent Pangos Camp. The younger brother of Kansas sophomore guard Travis Releford, he was also in Lawrence over the weekend for the Jayhawks Elite camp.
According to Releford, the camp was a good experience.
"It was cool," said Releford of the weekend. "Playing with the current players and stuff like that was good. There weren't a lot of guys my age there, it was a lot more young kids but the talent was really good."
After leading Bishop Miege all the way to the Kansas 5A state title game where they fell to Highland Park, Releford has been taking his club ball seriously. His focus has been consistency.
"I think I've been played better than I have the past summers," said Releford. "I feel like I've come out more consistent at camps and tournaments. I haven't dropped the pace at all."
A gifted ball handler who has become a fan favorite at home in Kansas City and during his spring and summer travels around the country, Releford points to an improved area of his game that has opened things up.
"I think my shot has improved a lot," said Releford. "I've hit a lot more jumpers this spring and that's opened up other stuff. People can't play off of me so that's opened up my driving and other parts of my game."
On the recruiting front, Releford has been courted by Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Arizona, Missouri State, Florida and others. While in Lawrence, Releford also had the opportunity to speak with Bill Self about what level of interest Kansas may have in his services
"I talked to coach Self and stuff," Releford told Phog.Net. "It wasn't anything about scholarships or anything like that. He said that I've been playing well and that he's going to come look at me in July."
Asked to gauge how serious he felt Kansas was recruiting him, Releford was honest about where the Jayhawks are with him and how much he would take them into consideration should they decide to become more active in his recruitment.
"I don't think it's that serious right now. I think that if I play well in July it will get more serious, they're going to watch me," said Releford. "I would probably take them into consideration. It might be hard though. They've got a lot of players there right now and with Royce (Woolridge) coming in already that's a lot of guards."
With visits planned to Alabama, Missouri and Missouri State for their elite camps this month, Releford is also hoping to fit in a visit to Oklahoma before hitting the road with KC Pump ‘N Run during July. As for any favorites, he says that it's still too early for that.
"It's still too early," said Releford. "I'm still wide open. I'll probably cut it after July or something like that."