LAWRENCE, Kan. – University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self announced Friday that Kansas City native Travis Releford of Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, Kan., has signed a national letter of intent to play at KU next fall.
Releford is 6-5 guard/forward who is ranked No. 37 by scout.com and No. 70 by rivals.com as he averaged 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and three assists for Bishop Miege High School in 2006-07. Releford chose Kansas over Missouri, Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina. Releford’s AAU team – KC Pump N Run – also turned out current Jayhawks Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Conner Teahan.
“Travis is a young man we recruited longer than anyone else,” Self said. “Ever since we came to Kansas, Travis has been a target and we feel very fortunate to get him to come to our program. We feel like we know Travis and his family very well. We have watched him play so much and have watched his development over time at Bishop Miege and with his AAU team – KC Pump N Run.”
“Travis is a tall guard who is an excellent defender and the transition should be easier for him having played in the Bishop Miege program,” Self said.
Releford joins four others who have signed an NLI for Kansas next fall. Those include standout twins Markieff and Marcus Morris from Philadelphia, junior college transfer Mario Little of Chicago and Quintrell Thomas of Elizabeth, N.J.
“These players are all extremely versatile,” Self said. “Each can play multiple positions. They shoot well, all can handle the ball and all are very long.”
Kansas Men’s Basketball 2007 Fall Signees
Mario Little – 6-5, 210, G/F, Chicago, Ill. (Washington HS/Chipola [Fla.] CC)
Marcus Morris – 6-8 ½, 220, F, Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
Markieff Morris – 6-10, 230, F/C, Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
Travis Releford – 6-5, G/F, Roeland Park, Kan. (Bishop Miege HS)
Quintrell Thomas – 6-8, 235, F, Elizabeth, N.J. (Saint Patrick HS)