That confidence combined with his game earned him a spot in the Adidas Nation program. The program, which emphasizes skill development, has been a good experience for the quiet kid from Kansas City.
"It's been fun, getting to play with some of the best and work out with some of the best coaches," said Releford. "It's been a great experience."
An excellent athlete, Releford is smooth and never looks to be pressing with his game. He moves well away from the ball and has always been very good at getting in position for easy baskets. Now, with constant work in the gym, he's much more comfortable with other aspects of his game.
"Handling the ball and shooting," said Releford of where he's improved the most in the last year. "I guess I didn't have a lot of confidence in my shot but now I do from working out."
Having emerged as one of the most heavily recruited wings in the class of 2008, Releford has been trying to avoid mentioning specific schools lately when asked about recruiting. He admits that his mother would like him to stay closer to home and go to Kansas, but he's still unsure of what exactly he wants to do. He'd also like to try and make a decision sometime soon, even if he doesn't exactly define when "soon" is.
"I'm trying to make a decision pretty soon, I've gotten kind of tired of recruiting," Releford told Inside Carolina. "Sometimes I'm in a position where I feel like I can't say no to anybody. I just want to get it over with."
Even though he declined to give a specific list of schools, closes source to Releford indicate that Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas State are among the most active in his recruitment. Of those schools only North Carolina has yet to offer, but sources have indicated that the Tar Heels could be looking to get more involved.
"They haven't really told me a lot," said Releford. "I'm just their style of ball player. They are recruiting 10 players and they have three scholarships and I'll know by the end of July if they want to offer me or not."
As for what is going to be most important in his decision, Releford cited his relationship with the coaching staff as well as his mother's. Also, factors like distance, promised playing time or things of that nature aren't that big of a deal
"I'm not even worried about that stuff," said Releford, when asked if distance or available playing time would factor much into his decision. "I know that once I get to college I'm going to work extra hard to make sure that I get a decent amount of playing time, so that doesn't really matter."