Road Show: Releford, Miege Cruise in Opener

Travis Releford

Thursday night, future Kansas Jayhawk Travis Releford and Bishop Miege opened up their season at home against Spring Hill (KS) High. With Jayhawks head man Bill Self in the stands, Releford treated the crowd to an impressive performance as he and the Stags rolled to an 89-59 win that could have been much worse had Miege coach Rick Zych chosen to play his starters for more than half the game.

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Travis Releford - Considering that he’s already signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas and that he’s among the top 50 players in the class of 2008, the 6-5 senior was expected to dominate, and that he did. Coming out both confident and aggressive, Releford had scored nine points, dished out a pair of assists and come up with a pair of steals within the first two and a half minutes of the game. Playing sparingly throughout the game, the future Jayhawk finished with 30 points on 13-14 shooting from the field -- 2-3 on three pointers, 2-3 from the free throw line -- while grabbing four rebounds, stealing the ball four times and finishing with a pair of assists.

Included among Releford’s 13 buckets were five thunderous jams, the most devastating of which came during the third quarter. Alone on the break, he attacked the rim from the left wing, rose of his left foot and hammered home a savage jam while earning a trip to the free throw line thanks to a defender who tried to draw a charge on the play. One other notable thing from Thursday is the marked improvement in Releford’s ball handling from last season to this year.

Trevor Releford - Now a sophomore, the younger brother of the Releford duo is the engine that makes Miege go. Playing relatively sparse minutes like the rest of the starters, the 5-9 PG had his way with Spring Hill defenders who failed to contain him off the dribble. A creative open court performer, the quick point guard set up teammates all night long for easy buckets and created havoc on the defensive end with his active hands. He only scored six points (3-5 FG), but also handed out seven assists and came up with five steals while controlling the ballgame on both ends like a point guard should.

MORE NOTES FROM MIEGE VS. SPRING HILL

Maybe the most interested observer in the building was Kansas City (MO) Hogan Prep star guard Marcus Denmon. Ticketed to play at Missouri next season, the 6-3 guard and his teammates will invade Miege on Saturday afternoon setting up one of the most highly anticipated head to head matchups in the Kansas City area this season. Saturday’s game will be Denmon’s first of the season after sitting out Hogan Prep’s first three games of the season while serving a suspension handed down by the state of Missouri for playing too soon after a transfer last season. … Now that Saint Louis University signee Willie Reed has transferred to Kansas City (MO) Milestone Christian, Bishop Miege is pretty thin in the post. Because of that they’ll need a big effort this season from sophomore forward Justin McKay. Even though he’s only 6-3 or 6-4, McKay is a bruising insider with strong hands and a non-stop motor that will be needed before the season is over. … He doesn’t get as much press as the Releford brothers, but opponents better be careful not to overlook senior guard Jason Peyton. The 5-11 Peyton is quick, can get to the rim, plays good on the ball defense and is an excellent shooter from between 15 and 21 feet. With defenses keying on stopping the Relefords, Peyton is going to get lots of open looks and has the ability to make opponents pay just like he did on Thursday night as he swished home several jumpers. … Finally, Topeka (KS) Highland Park head coach Ken Darting was on hand getting an early look at Bishop Miege. His squad has run into the Stags each of the last two years in the Kansas 5A state tournament and the leader of what is arguably the state’s most powerful program wanted to get an early look at a team that he will likely see again in March. …

  • Schools in attendance- Kansas.
  • Total teams seen- 33.
  • Total games watched- 23.
  • Total miles traveled- 3,888.

Up Next- Jayhawk Conference Shootout, Coffeyville (KS) CC, Friday Nov. 30.

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