Even before he’d played a minute of high school ball as a freshman at Kansas City (MO) Central, Travis Releford already had a pretty well developed reputation locally. Now, the 6-5 junior at Shawnee Mission (KS) Bishop Miege has added a national reputation to go along with his local one.
For good reason, too. A versatile and sound player who plays team ball, Releford has the ability to go on scoring binges but remains a committed team player who cares as much about defense, rebounding and passing as he does about getting up his shots.
While all of that attention is nice, the confident 17 year old admits that the recruiting process has started to wear on him a bit.
“Just the pressure and the coaches always calling,” said Releford about the most difficult part of the recruiting process. “They’re always asking what I’m going to do and who are my top teams and stuff like that.”
Although those sound like fair enough questions for coaches to ask, what makes them so tough. While he’s unsure, Releford’s mother certainly has a preference about where she’d like to see him go to school and though he wouldn’t define exactly when “soon” is, Releford indicated that he’d like to come up with a decision on his college future sooner than later.
“I wouldn’t know (who leads), I can’t say right now. My momma wants me to go to KU bad,” Releford told Phog.net. “Her word means a lot because me and my mom are real close. We’ll sit down and talk about it soon, real soon.”
Having recruited him aggressively for nearly two years now, Releford says that Bill Self’s strategy has never really changed when trying to convince him to stay home and attend Kansas.
“They run up and down. That’s their game and that’s what I do,” said Releford of Kansas. “He (Self) is just telling me how I can be a big part of the team, just like other colleges are telling me and all the other recruits.”
With a decision possibly looming in the near future, Releford isn’t worried as much about things like playing time and proximity to home. The most important factor for him is going to be the relationship between himself, the coach and one other person close to him.
“The relationship between me and the coach,” said Releford when asked about the most important factor in making a decision. “Also the relationship between my mom and the coach, that’s about it.”