Four-star guard Travis Releford is closing out his junior season at a high level and his recruitment is busy as ever. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Bishop Miege (KS) is taking his time and looking for the right fit at the next level.
According to L.J. Goolsby, Releford's AAU coach, things are going well as the season comes close to an end.
"They started really well and jumped out to a good start but then they moved him around a little bit and experimented with some things and wasn't playing very well. He struggled. But they moved him back to his natural position (at the two) and they've been 9-0 since then. He's done very well in that stretch."
Goolsby said Releford averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists over the last nine games.
"He's playing really well and doing what he does best," Goolsby said. "Travis can fill up a stat sheet."
Releford, the No. 43 ranked player in the class of 2008, has been a popular player to see this season.
Kansas, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas State have all been in to see him this year and showing a good amount of interest, Goolsby says, while Arizona, Connecticut and Louisville are also in the picture.
Releford has been on the campuses of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and Goolsby said the four-star guard would like to see some more.
"He's said he'd like to see Texas, North Carolina and Kansas State," Goolsby said. "Hopefully that can all be worked out."
Goolsby said Releford will look at all of his options over the next couple of months on the AAU circuit.
"Originally, he wanted to get it down to a small number early like a lot of top tier kids do but I think he wants to wait it out and see what happens after the spring," Goolsby said. "He's got a lot of heavy hitters from across the country so I think he's seeing what is the best situation for him."
What are the hot points for Releford?
"An opportunity to play right away, whatever program that is, is a big selling point," Goolsby said. "And I think his comfort level with the staff is important to him as well."
There has been some questions about whether or not Releford will leave home or stay close and suit up for a nearby program, particularly Kansas.
"It's not so much pressure as it is he's a local kid that knows some of the players there and some that are coming in with Tyrel Reed and Connor Teahan both being there. KU has a legit shot to land him and it helps that his friends are there," Goolsby said. "But Mike Anderson is on him hard and Jeff Capel is on him hard and Texas is on him hard. So it's hard to say. He's going to have to look for himself."
At this rate, the options are looking good for Releford.