Releford And Johnson Getting Pro Opportunities

By: KU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: KU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball 2012-13 senior guards Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson have been selected to play for upcoming NBA summer camp teams.

Releford will compete in both NBA summer leagues with the Indiana Pacers, July 7-12 in Orlando, and with the Denver Nuggets, July 12-22 in Las Vegas. Johnson will participate on the Los Angeles Clippers summer team which will play in the Las Vegas league, Johnson’s hometown.

Additionally, Releford has agreed that should his NBA tryouts not work out he will play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian-Ethias league’s first basketball division located in Aalsat, Belgium.

A two-year starter his junior and senior seasons, Releford was a redshirt after his freshman season and graduated from Kansas in December 2012 with a degree in African and African American studies. In his five seasons at Kansas, the Kansas City, Mo., guard (6-foot-6) won five Big 12 regular-season titles, three league tournament titles, advanced to four Sweet 16s, two Elite Eights, one Final Four and KU was 158-27 (85.4 percent). Releford, who averaged 11.9 points and 3.8 rebounds his senior season, concluded his KU career with 965 points and ranked 10th all-time in games played (138) and tied for 27th in steals (114). Releford was often referred to as “The Rock” of the team as he many times guarded the opponents’ best player and for his leadership.

Johnson was also a two-year starter his final two seasons with Kansas advancing to the NCAA title game in 2012 and the Sweet 16 in 2013. The 6-foot-4 Las Vegas native started 83 of his 135 games played while at Kansas and won seven of a possible eight Big 12 titles (regular-season and tournament). Johnson averaged 9.9 points and team-best 4.6 assists per game in 2012-13. In Johnson’s four seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks went 131-19 (87.3 percent), won four Big 12 regular-season titles, three conference tournaments advanced to three Sweet 16s and one Final Four. Johnson concluded his career on KU’s all-time lists in: three-pointers made (13th with 147), three-pointers attempted (tied for 10th with 430), assists (15th with 399) and steals (tied for 27th with 114).

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