OU's recruitment of Trevor Releford

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OU appears to be getting serious about 2010 recruit, Trevor Releford. According to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Trevor was on OU's campus last week for an unofficial visit. Props to Evan and Scout for keeping us informed!

Here's a couple of quotes from the story with a link at the bottom to the complete article for those who have premium access on Scout:


Out of all the prospects that participated in the Jayhawk Invitational this past weekend, there wasn’t one that raised his stock more than Shawnee Mission (Kans.) Bishop Miege standout Trevor Releford.

Releford, who said he was still “wide open,” took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma this past week. Despite not getting to see Sooner head coach Jeff Capel, Releford said the trip was a success.

“It went good,” Releford said. “I liked it. It was nice up there. Coach Capel wasn’t there because he was out of town with family, but I hung out with coach [Ben] Betts and then they took me on a tour and I saw the guys work out.”


http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/862739.html
 
OU appears to be getting serious about 2010 recruit, Trevor Releford. According to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, Trevor was on OU's campus last week for an unofficial visit. Props to Evan and Scout for keeping us informed!

Here's a couple of quotes from the story with a link at the bottom to the complete article for those who have premium access on Scout:







http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/862739.html

I don't know this for fact, but I can pretty much bet he came along with his schoolmate Justin McCay who is the Sooners top target at WR and #1 WR in the region. He visited OU last week as well.
 
He is a guy that really seems to be "putting it all together" as a player. It will be interesting to see who we land between Releford, McCallum, and Pressey. I like that we are in on so many options.
 
would the ou fball coach be willing to let capel use a fb 'ship for releford? with all the 'ships they get, i can't imagine they'd miss one or two.
 
Another guy mentioned about his football stock rising. We all know around this region that football trumps basketball alot. He may love basketball, but if he becomes a highly recruited guy on the football field, he may drop basketball. The one thing that I haven't heard when mentioning him is an offer. We know McCallum has an offer. We Know Pressey has an offer. We haven't heard anything about this kid.
 
If Mizzou offers (and at this point I don't believe they have), I think they would be tough to beat. His brother considered Mizzou and apparently really regrets not choosing the Tigers.

But Releford needs the offer first. MU is also recruiting Pressey, and has been for years. Mike Anderson and Pressey's father were college roommates and I'm pretty sure Pressey has been coming to Mizzou camps since Anderson got here (I know he was here the summer following Anderson's first year). He's had an offer on the table from Mizzou for quite some time.
 
He is a guy that really seems to be "putting it all together" as a player. It will be interesting to see who we land between Releford, McCallum, and Pressey. I like that we are in on so many options.

Totally agree, BT. One thing seems clear, Coach Capel is doing his best to make sure OU is never caught shorthanded on true point guards again.
 
Another guy mentioned about his football stock rising. We all know around this region that football trumps basketball alot. He may love basketball, but if he becomes a highly recruited guy on the football field, he may drop basketball. The one thing that I haven't heard when mentioning him is an offer. We know McCallum has an offer. We Know Pressey has an offer. We haven't heard anything about this kid.

OU has not offered yet.
 
would the ou fball coach be willing to let capel use a fb 'ship for releford? with all the 'ships they get, i can't imagine they'd miss one or two.

Doubtful, as that is a big time NCAA violation.
 
If Mizzou offers (and at this point I don't believe they have), I think they would be tough to beat. His brother considered Mizzou and apparently really regrets not choosing the Tigers.

But Releford needs the offer first. MU is also recruiting Pressey, and has been for years. Mike Anderson and Pressey's father were college roommates and I'm pretty sure Pressey has been coming to Mizzou camps since Anderson got here (I know he was here the summer following Anderson's first year). He's had an offer on the table from Mizzou for quite some time.

Travis Releford was interested in Oklahoma as well until KU offered and WW started tipping his hand on going to OU. Phil Pressey has stated that his top 3 are OU, LSU, and Florida in no specific order. MU having 3 scholarship PGs is going to make it hard to get Pressey.
 
It is Trevor. Not “Little Releford” or “Travis’ brother.” Just Trevor.

“People still call him ‘Travis’ brother.’ He doesn’t like it at all,” said big brother Travis Releford, a sophomore-to-be on the Kansas University men’s basketball team. “That’s why he’s trying to make a name for himself.”

It has been this way for most of 17-year-old Trevor’s adolescent life as a hoopster. He has possessed the celebrated Releford last name in Kansas City basketball circles with the forgotten first name.

This is what happens when older brother Travis, blessed with a muscular 6-foot-5, Div. I frame, receives the accolades and big-time college scholarship offers and a spot on the Under-18 United States national basketball team.

When older brother Travis is a two-time high school All-American and a DiRenna Award finalist for best boys basketball player in the Kansas City area. When Travis averages more than 20 points per game over the course of his upperclassman years at Roeland Park Miege. When Travis is going to play basketball for the hometown Kansas Jayhawks.

“Ever since Travis started getting noticed, people said, ‘Aw, there goes his little brother,’” Trevor said.

Trevor, the little shrimp with the killer ball-handling ability, was lost in the Releford shuffle. Even when he played varsity as a sophomore point guard two seasons ago at Miege, Travis was the team’s superstar senior.

But Travis is 40 minutes away these days, playing in Lawrence for the Jayhawks.

Now, it’s Trevor’s turn to shine.

Skills ‘you can’t teach’

Trevor Releford bears little resemblance to Travis’ tall and chiseled 200-pound physique on the court. Trevor appears to jog slightly hunched over, is generously listed at 5 feet, 10 inches and roughly 160 pounds and disappears amid the lanky trees in the AAU basketball world.

Trevor wears No. 12 for Roeland Park Miege and his Kansas City Pump N Run AAU team, exactly half of Travis’ No. 24.

“People at our school started saying, since I was always the shorter one, that I was half my brothers’ height,” Trevor said. “So I got 12 and he got 24.”

Their games are not the same. Travis has always been the scorer. But Trevor possesses something that even Travis marvels at: Handles that could make the Rock of Gibraltar falter.

“He was always shorter than me and my older brother, but he was a better ball handler than both of us put together,” Travis said. “The things he did on the court was some of the stuff that you can’t teach.”

Trevor developed those skills even before middle school when he, Travis and oldest brother Tracy Jr. would play 2-on-1 games at the Linwood Park court across the street from their house.

“I had to because I couldn’t get past anybody,” Trevor said.

Travis usually won playing 1-on-2 against Trevor and Tracy Jr., but not without seeing some impressive moves from little Trevor, who also studied tapes of the talented And1 Mixtape Tour ball handlers.

Since that time, Trevor’s wizardry with the pill has grown exponentially. It’s part of the reason people remained crammed into a back gym at Lawrence High on Saturday during a Pump N Run game at this weekend’s Jayhawk Invitational AAU tournament. At any moment, he can explode into the lane for two or dish a lookaway pass to a big man for a score.

“He’s a guy we look upon to make a lot of things happen,” KC Pump N Run coach L.J. Goolsby said. “When we need to make some things happen, he finishes it off the right way.”

Alone in the spotlight

Two things happened this past year that elevated Trevor’s game. Travis moved to Lawrence to begin his collegiate basketball career. And Trevor filled out and grew five inches, from 5-5 to 5-10.

He was left to run the show for Roeland Park Miege for the first time this season as the only Releford.

“I think with Travis being away from the situation, it’s a lot easier for him,” Goolsby said. “He’s shown that he can handle it on his own.”

As a junior this past season, Trevor led Miege to the Class 5A state championship, where the Stags lost, 54-52, on a buzzer beater against perennial state power Highland Park. Trevor averaged more than 16 points per contest in three games at the state tournament. His team finished with a 23-2 record. For the season, he averaged 18.6 points per game and 6.3 assists, earning a spot on the 5A all-state team.

“I’m not a little Releford,” Trevor stressed. “I think I did good by myself this year without Trav, showed everybody I could do it myself.”

Trevor’s junior season did not go unnoticed by college recruiters. He is receiving interest from Big 12 schools such as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Missouri as well as several Missouri Valley schools.

Kansas hasn’t come calling. It would be cool to play as a Jayhawk and be with his brother, Trevor says, but that’s OK if they aren’t interested.

“If I go there, then I’ll hear ‘Little’ for four years,” Trevor said.

Lasting impressions

On Friday night, Goolsby places the ball in Trevor’s hands with KC Pump N Run’s first Jayhawk Invitational tournament game on the line against Team Ramey, a premier squad out of St. Louis.

Unruffled, Trevor smoothly shimmies and swerves into the lane dribbling to his left, drawing a foul on a shot-fake with four seconds left. He calmly makes his second free throw to seal the game, a 69-68 opening-night victory.

The win is sweet for two reasons. KC Pump N Run is attempting to extend its streak of four consecutive 17-and-under team titles at this tournament. Plus, Trevor’s game-winner comes in front of Travis, who once played for Pump N’ Run and sits in a corner of the Coffin Complex gymnasium at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Travis stays until the end, then exits the gym through a side door. Trevor hangs around to get his picture taken for a recruiting service.

Afterward, Trevor is asked if people now know his name on the Kansas City area basketball scene, if he’s no longer referred to as just Trav’s little brother.

A smile creeps across Trevor’s face.

“Yeah,” he said, “they’re starting to call me Trevor.”

good read
 
Totally agree, BT. One thing seems clear, Coach Capel is doing his best to make sure OU is never caught shorthanded on true point guards again.

I agree. We saw a good example of this regarding this year's class as well as we were in on TMG, EJ, Dixon, Walton, and Colvin.
 
Travis Releford was interested in Oklahoma as well until KU offered and WW started tipping his hand on going to OU. Phil Pressey has stated that his top 3 are OU, LSU, and Florida in no specific order. MU having 3 scholarship PGs is going to make it hard to get Pressey.

I haven't seen Pressey's list of favorites. He may be saying those are his top three, but there's a long way until signing day.

MU only has two scholarship point guards who will be on the team by Pressey's freshman year. But Miguel Paul isn't really a true point guard. He's undersized, but I consider him more of a 2. He played off the ball in high school and likely will this year with Dixon at the point. There aren't any other point guards at Mizzou.

It's not that MU recruited the older Releford. It's that there are rumors about him specifically wishing he had chosen Mizzou. Unless there are similar things being said about OU, it's not the same thing. Plus, he says he wants to make his own identity. As your coach knows, one of the best ways to do that is play for a rival.
 
would the ou fball coach be willing to let capel use a fb 'ship for releford? with all the 'ships they get, i can't imagine they'd miss one or two.

No and it does not work that way. I am pretty sure the earliest sport you play (football) requires the scholarship to count against that sport.
 
It's not that MU recruited the older Releford. It's that there are rumors about him specifically wishing he had chosen Mizzou. Unless there are similar things being said about OU, it's not the same thing.

I remember those things being vetted. He visited OU at a football game, came out with some very favorable stuff about OU, and then committed to KU shortly after that. Travis Releford's game leaves something to be desired athough he has better than average exposiveness.
 
Nothing. Just amusing myself. He's just a reflection of the direction OSU is going in recruiting bigs.
 
I think Trevor Releford is a real sleeper in this class. He's the type of game changer that is great off the bench with his change of pace.
 
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