Oklahoma Eyes Releford

Kansas City junior Trevor Releford has been having a big year. Oklahoma is among the latest programs to take a look at the floor general.

Tuesday evening, Trevor Releford scored 25 points and dished out four assists while grabbing four rebounds to lead his team to a 69-61 win . A 5-foot-11 junior point guard at Bishop Miege in Roeland Park (KS), Releford has been putting up big numbers all year while leading Miege to an 18-1 record.

Among those in attendance at Miege was Oklahoma assistant Ben Betts. Afterward, Releford broke down his game, his recruitment and how he's evolved as a player during the last year.

I'm a lot stronger in my upper body, I'm a little bit quicker than last year and I'm shooting better," said Releford. "Coach told me at the beginning of the year that I had to be a leader. I like being a leader and making the team better."

With his long arms, advanced ball handling ability and quickness, Releford has always been dangerous off the dribble. However, the added strength has let him finish with some contact and he's significantly improved as a jump shooter. But, his passing and crowd pleasing dribbling remain his strengths and he knows it.

"I like to give people passes and get some nice assists," says Releford with a smile. "But, now I can score at the same time."

Having drawn early offers from pretty much the entire Missouri Valley Conference and early interest from high major programs, Releford is now getting Big 12 offers. Nebraska recently offered, Missouri is very interested and it's expected that OU will be back to see him

According to Releford, his relationship with the Sooners is just in the infancy stages but he likes what he sees so far.

"I don't know a lot about them yet, but I know Coach Capel is a good coach," said Releford of the Sooners. "I've watched some of their games this year and they look good. Last year I didn't get to watch a lot, but this year I've been watching more."

Recently, Releford has emerged as a football prospect for his play in the secondary during his junior season. For now, Releford says that basketball is his first love. He's open to discussing football as an option and will look at it more after the summer, but he'd prefer to play hoops on the college level.

The younger brother of Kansas freshman guard Travis Releford. Trevor feels that some schools have been nervous to recruit him because they've assumed he's going to Kansas.

"A lot of the schools are like "he's already going to Kansas" and not recruiting me because of that," said Releford of his brother being a Jayhawk and the impact on his recruitment. "They (Kansas) haven't even called me."

In the meantime, Releford is aiming for a state title and looking to finish his junior year strong. He's open to anybody who is interested in him and will get serious about who he wants to visit sometime in late July or early August. "After the last tournament of the summer," said Releford of when he hopes to be a little more concrete about his future plans. "Style of play and how I'll fit in are important. I like to get up and down and push it."

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