Releford Back in Action; Eager to Visit UNC

SPRING HILL, Kan. --- Before a snowstorm changed things up, Travis Releford and his teammates at Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege were supposed to open up their 2006-07 campaign against Spring Hill (KS) High. Releford and his teammates -- who won their first three games to win a tournament last weekend -- were in Spring Hill Tuesday night to make up the snow delayed game.

After sitting out the second semester of his sophomore year because of transfer rules, Releford has been anxious to get back on the court. Despite a long layoff from high school ball, the 6-4 WG was showing little signs of rust.

Thanks to a pressing style, a deep team and hot shooting, Miege jumped on Spring Hill early and took a 48-27 lead on a soaring Releford dunk with 4:58 remaining in the second quarter. Heading to the bench to rest for the rest of the half, the junior had already scored 17 points and was in a groove.

"I feel really good after I've been sitting out," Releford told Inside Carolina. "It feels good to get back out there with everybody and play."

For the evening, Releford would finish up with 25 points in just over two and half quarters of actual game action as Bishop Miege rolled to a 91-60 win. In addition to his gliding jams, the more explosive looking wing scored on quick drives to the hole with either hand and as usual got himself to the free throw line for easy baskets.

Because of his team's pressing style and the number of turnovers they were forcing, Releford didn't get many opportunities in the half court setting but looked comfortable leading fast breaks after grabbing rebounds.

Releford's recruitment has never slowed down, as schools like Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, UConn and others all made visits to see him in the fall. North Carolina has been out as well, but Releford says that he hasn't talked to a member of the Tar Heel staff since that snowstorm cancelled his November 30th season opener and a planned visit by a UNC coach.

"I really haven't heard from them lately," said Releford of North Carolina. "They were supposed to come to my first game but it got cancelled. That's the last I've heard from them."

In the past, the 16-year-old has listed Kansas and North Carolina as his favorites and he says that there have been no changes. He's not sure when he'll make a decision either, but having visited Lawrence several times he'd like to take some more visits, and there's one school in particular that he'd like to see.

"I don't know when I'll decide, probably when I visit a few more schools," said Releford of a decision and which schools he'd like to visit. "North Carolina for sure, I've got to talk to my coach about when."

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