Releford Learning About UNC

When KC Pump ‘N Run takes the court this weekend at the Double Pump Spring Tournament in Las Vegas, they'll be led by one of North Carolina's 2007 targets, point guard Tyrel Reed. In the near future, Reed will be joined by 2008 target Travis Releford. For now, though, the 6-4 guard from Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege is sidelined by an injured ankle.

After sitting out a fair majority of his sophomore season due to a mid-year transfer, nobody would blame Releford for being down about not being able to play in front of college coaches. But, the 16-year-old is taking it all in stride.

"For real, I'm kind of used to it," said Releford of missing time due to injury. "I've broken a lot of other bones and had to sit out because of it. It isn't any fun, but I've gotten used to it."

Naturally, the multi skilled guard who is among the top ranked players in his class would much rather be playing than roaming the sidelines as a high profile assistant coach. But, he has an upbeat mentality and refuses to let things get him down. Instead, he'd rather talk about how much of a positive impact his transfer from Kansas City (Mo.) Central to Bishop Miege has made in his life.

"It's going to be a real good move for my education and basketball wise it's going to help me out a lot," says Releford, who also admitted another plus. "The best part about it is that my girlfriend goes to school there."

A high scorer who loves to attack the rim off the dribble, Releford also possesses a pretty well developed mid range game. He plays defense and is an above average rebounder for his position, but is excited about a weapon he's recently added to his arsenal.

"My jumper, it's gotten a lot better," Releford told Inside Carolina. "Last summer I didn't really have that much confidence with it, but I do now."

Not surprisingly schools from all over the country including Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, and Georgia Tech have made recruiting overtures. At this point, he's really only focusing on the trio of Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.

"I've got KU for number one right now," said Releford. "I'm starting to talk to Coach Robinson from Carolina more. I talked to him today and he told me he'd put his head coach on so I can meet him the next time we talk in a week or two.

"Duke, at first I was really excited and happy about them. But, I don't know about them anymore."

With a decision still at least a year or so away, Releford is focusing on getting back to the court and playing ball. He also plans to learn more about Carolina.

"I haven't really seen much [of UNC] and don't really know much about them yet but I like their history," said Releford. "I want to see their campus and get to know their coaches."

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