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Monday, July 14, 2008

Releford scores eight in U.S. victory

Kansas University freshman combo guard Travis Releford, Kansas City, talks with friends behind the KU bench at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University freshman combo guard Travis Releford, Kansas City, talks with friends behind the KU bench at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Awarded a spot in the starting lineup on USA Basketball's Under 18 National Team, Travis Releford didn't disappoint in the opening game of the FIBA U18 championships Monday in Argentina.

Releford, Kansas University's 6-foot-5 freshman combo guard out of Roeland Park Bishop Miege, scored eight points off 4-of-5 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in the United States' 82-73 victory over Venezuela.

Releford, who had three assists against one turnover in 26 minutes, impressed U.S. head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson.

"Travis Releford did everything. (He) rebounded, ran the court, defended, got loose balls, made shots inside and was extremely, extremely effective and efficient in running our offense," McKillop said.

The U.S., which trailed, 23-22, after one quarter, led, 47-36, by halftime.

"I kind of expected it because I've played overseas before," Releford said of the opener being close. "Every team we play is always going to come out ready to compete because we're the USA team, and we're still called the best team in the world. So every time we step out we have to be ready to play because the other teams are going to come after us."

McKillop deemed Releford's performance "sensational," especially on defense.

"Coach told us that if we kept pushing it eventually they were going to wear out, get tired, and that's what we did to retake the lead," Releford said.

Venezuela outscored the U.S., 21-16, in the final quarter.

"Every team is going to have that run. It's just a matter of how a team can control it, how they can handle it. I think we handled their run really well," Releford said.

Travis Wear scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Ryan Kelly and Kemba Walker had 12 points apiece for the United States, which will play its second game of the tourney today against Bahamas.

The FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball Amateur) tournament features eight U18 national teams from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Top four teams will qualify for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, July 2-12, in New Zealand. Following preliminary-round play, the top two teams in each group advance to Thursday's medal-round semifinals. The gold-medal game will be Friday night.

Comments

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

By the way, Releford had 11 pts today. A little update is on the men's basketball portion of kusports.com.

frompekka2sasha 9 years, 11 months ago

djkc28- I wish you could be banned from here. If that happened I would stand on a mountain top and say "praise the Lord!"

hawk316 9 years, 11 months ago

A personal note to djkc28: I'm sorry to have to address you in this public forum, but since I don't know you personally, this is my only recourse. As a Christian brother I urge you to cease and desist with the religious postings on this site. I can appreciate your passion for our Lord Jesus Christ. I assure you that I share this passion (anyone who has had their life changed by the love of Christ understands where you're coming from). But such comments are absolutely out of place in this context. Though I'm sure you mean well, your remarks come across as spiritually arrogant, intolerant and terribly insensitive. Let me be as clear as I can be: I'm a long time committed Christian, deeply in love with Jesus, and I find your remarks offensive!! I can only imagine how someone feels who does not share our faith. So, please take some brotherly advice and avoid making these repeated "yucky" (technical term) religious comments. Instead, I encourage you to pray for your fellow Jayhawks. Lord knows, we ALL need as much of His grace as we can get! And to all who post on this site: I may have to post this more than once to be certain that the intended recipient is successfully contacted. Please bear with me.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

okjhok - Ouch! I think Gary was trying to pay you a sincere compliment. If what he wrote was sarcasm, then I sit corrected.--Tex is right. That was a complimentary post. Ouch.Although being called a clown isn't that bad. Some of my best friends are clowns. Clowns make a lot of people happy. If I wasn't afraid of face paint I might take up clowning in my spare time.

okjhok 9 years, 11 months ago

It's like high school all over again...all the characters are here. God, I can't wait for football to start and we have something worth talking about.

NH_JHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

garybedore -People with addictions prefer to remain anonymous. And I'm pretty sure that I speak for most of us "regulars" here who post on these boards when I say that we're all addicted to KUSports.com! So shhhh....keep it on the down low.

9 years, 11 months ago

hawk316 - I am not sure how often you read the posts here, but take a gander at some of djkc28's previous work:-------------------------Posted on July 11 at 5:28 p.m.":Help Cole Aldrich with his sin of collecting underage pornography. Lord God, we need you. Our team needs you. Our fans need you. And I need you.In the matchless name of Christ we pray, Amen."On DA decides not to file charges against Sherron Collinshttp://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/jul/11/da_decides_not_file_charges_against_sherron_collin/----------------------------Posted on June 18 at 5:40 p.m.Who says he took his penis out. Thats an assumption with no basis.Even if he did, she probably wanted it. Case closed. Let's move on.On Collins tests stalled at KBIhttp://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/jun/18/kbi_cites_backlog_remodeling_delay_processing_evid/------------------------------Judging from this, you can probably surmise djkc could not possibly be a Christian brother. His posts are sarcastic diatribes, and meant to be offensive. As actorman has stated before, it will be a beautiful day when no one responds to djkc at all.

Chris Shaw 9 years, 11 months ago

This was a great quote from Bob Mckillop (Davidson Head Coach who is coaching this team) on the usabasketball.com website."We felt since day one that Kemba Walker was the catalyst for our team," added McKillop. "He's the one that started us off, he's a superb leader. He just gets better and better and makes everyone around him better. I thought Travis Wear and Travis Releford were sensational, as was Ryan Kelly. Ryan Kelly and Travis Wear gave us great interior scoring, added buckets and rebounds. Travis Releford did everything: rebounded, ran the court, defended, got loose balls, made shots inside and was extremely, extremely effective and efficient in running our offense."This is very very encouraging. If Bob Mckillop already likes Releford than you know you have a pretty good player on your hands.

speckleddog 9 years, 11 months ago

If the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship is July 2-12 in New Zealand, why are they still in Argentina?

WisconsinJayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Speckle, not much explanation from LJW, but the U19 is NEXT year; this U18 is the qualifier. So if they win, then they'll be going to NZ next summer, so Trav can get even more international experience, leading us to the 2010 NC, along with Xavier Henry. That's my take.

JayCeph 9 years, 11 months ago

Being a deity of his own design, I don't believe Releford needs to believe in any other form of religion.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

Top four teams will qualify for the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, July 2-12, in New Zealand.--Maybe it was a confusing sentence but the teams are trying to qualify for the 09 U19s, next July 2-12. Maybe we should have put next July.-- Now you know why my push is for real names on the Internet. The person with the offensive posts on religion wouldn't be doing it if he had to put his real name.I just think it'd be a more civil discourse if we all knew who we really were. That's why newspapers don't allow unsigned editorials in the print editions.Travis is gaining some good experience that is for sure. This will only help him in his KU career. It helped Collison a lot ... gaining from his many USA Basketball experiences.

okjhok 9 years, 11 months ago

...and you're one of the biggest clowns on this site. A book on dynamics of the internet message boards, huh? That should be a great read.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 11 months ago

Travis is beginning to remind me of dear Mr. Langford. If that be the case then it's going to be all good.

hawk316 9 years, 11 months ago

I actually considered the possibility that djkc28's comments were insincere and disingenuous, an extreme misrepresentation of a Christian. If true, that is even more disturbing. It reveals a dark soul with very twisted motives. But after reading several of his posts, I simply could not remain silent any longer. They were driving me nuts! Whatever the motive, let's hope that these comments no longer appear in this forum. If they should continue, perhaps txrockchalk (and actorman) are correct to suggest that no response is the best response.

Displayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Travis Releford reminds me more of Steve Woodberry than Keith Langford! Just a good player at everything he does. Solid minutes from a solid player that makes the rest of the team better!

9 years, 11 months ago

okjhok - Ouch! I think Gary was trying to pay you a sincere compliment. If what he wrote was sarcasm, then I sit corrected.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

Great point okjhok.Another one of the books I'll probably never write (maybe some psychologist already has written it) is a book on dynamics of the Internet message boards and comments sections. The anonymity leads to all the high school characters you allude to: the bullies, need for attention, people that think their "jokes" are shocking, etc. Great take okjhok. All these things would go away if we had to sign our real names.

justanotherfan 9 years, 11 months ago

This is a great experience both basketball wise and socially for Travis. I hope he makes the best of it and helps the USA team to gold. I'm most encouraged about the comments relating to his defense. Defense is the calling card of Bill Self teams. If he can continue to step up on the defensive end I feel really good about next year.

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

For all any of us know, okjhok is really Gary Bedore using an alias.Just like LJW reporters don't use their names.For example:http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/apr/04/brandon_rush_has_court_date_child_support_case/Who wrote that story?or http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/apr/05/court_dates_set_brandon_rush/Who wrote that story?Strange how those stories just magically appear right before the Final Four.Then... a week later...http://www2.kusports.com/news/2008/apr/10/rush_story_contained_some_inaccuracies/We find out that the stories were inaccurate.We still don't know who wrote them.I guess Gary only thinks others should identify themselves while LJW reporters can attack players before the biggest game of their careers with inaccurate stories anonymously.Look up the definition of "Hypocrite" Gary.

frompekka2sasha 9 years, 11 months ago

No. I'm really Gary Bedore and Gary Bedore is Tom Keegan.

kranny 9 years, 11 months ago

Gary,I agree with you to a point about identifying oneself. But for safety's sake I think it would be a good idea in the grand scheme of things to remain anonymous. Given that, it is my hope that some people who post on this board think twice before deciding to procreate. Especially GoGators and GoBadgers. LOL!! THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS JAYHAWKS-2008 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS!!! Just watched the replay last night, again for the uh 15th time or something like that. Chalmer's shot still gives me goosebumps.

kranny 9 years, 11 months ago

Good Lord 5DecadeHawk,Take a Prozac and Lighten Up!!!

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

What are you talking about SDecade Hawk? I'm talking about posting on message boards. Hiding behind anonymity.I don't know who wrote those Rush stories. I didn't write them. I was at the Final Four.I know if we have a real short item like Releford at the USA Basketball event we won't always put a byline on there, we'll put J-W Staff Report.You know my take. You are calling me a name, a hypocrite, but I don't know who you are. Oh wait, you are SDecade Hawk, my bad.

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Oh golly gee. I made a mistake. I better correct it before Mr. Bigtime Reporter Gary points out my mistake.I meant to write:"Guess what Gary? Knowing my name, so you or an alias can attack me personally will NOT change the FACTS that I have expressed."No amount of your ranting will change that."Oh well. I'm not a professional writer. I am man enough to admit my mistakes though.

kujhwk 9 years, 11 months ago

His/her name is 5Decade Hawk... no S in there. And he is saying that all these false stories that were not confirmed before being written just happened to pop up right before the final 4 with no name of a reporter anywhere to be found. That's wonderful that you didn't write them, but I think if someone is going to report something like that they should put their name on it. That is probably a little more serious then an internet message board. I think you should worry about having the paper you write for making sure they don't have articles written anonymously, especially when they are of a sensitive subject like those were.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

5Decade Hawk: You said: "Guess what Gary? Knowing my name, so you or an alias can attack me personally will NOT change the FACTS that I have expressed."--I would not attack you personally if I knew your real name. That's not me.As far as your post, I don't know why you say I am "untruthful." I told the truth when I told you I didn't write the Rush story. I said I was at the Final Four and I was.As far as making a mistake and not admitting it, I re-read your post and you said, 'Look up the definition of "Hypocrite" Gary.'So you are right you did not call me a hypocrite.So you got me there. I am not a hypocrite so I hope you weren't in fact implying I am one. So I can admit a mistake. You did not call me a hypocrite though I took it as you feel I am a hypocrite.If you do not think I am a hypocrite, my bad.We agree to disagree on the anonymity thing. I think the world would be a better place if all of our comments were attached to a real name. Many of you disagree. If you prefer me to not comment on these comments any more, let me know. I can stop making comments as easy as I started making some. However, if I'm going to comment, I'm going to give my real opinions on matters even if they make people mad.Forgive me if there are mistakes in this. I just finished watching the marathon all-star game.

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Gary,I don't have a preference whether you post in a comment section or not. If you have something to say, say it. Just don't expect special favors from me if you do.I'll treat you just like any other person, not just online, but face to face. If someone makes false statements or makes contradictory statements, I'm not hesitant to point out the errors and inconsistencies within their own words. Your response is mystifying. You admit to making an untrue statement, but in the previous paragraph you state, 'I don't know why you say I am "untruthful." 'Is that really so difficult for you to understand?If you cannot understand something that obvious, I don't see the point in explaining it further. To me it appears that you were hasty with your response. If you are always in a scramble to be the first to get "Breaking News" out, I suggest you slow down and think things through more clearly. It's always more important to be correct than it is to be first.I will say this, any employee of the LJW that believes it is okay for those Brandon Rush articles to not have a byline, but thinks far less important message board posts must have real identities listed is on very shaky hypocritical turf.I will further state that any LJW employee that is vocal about anonymous message board posts without being MORE vocal condemning anonymous ARTICLES that unfairly undermine a student's character deserve to be challenged. I ask simple questions. What have you done about the anonymous articles Gary? Have you asked who wrote them? Have you talked to the author(s)? Have you requested that the author(s) come forward and identify themselves? Have you discussed any of this with the editors? Are the editors aware how much damage those anonymous articles have done to YOUR credibility Gary? Have you suggested policy changes about anonymous articles?Have you written an article or posted comments publicly expressing your disappointment or frustration about those articles?When you answer those questions, go back and look at your statements about anonymous message board posts. Ask yourself if you have your priorities aligned properly.Maybe your editors are not serving you very well Gary. Are you more concerned about being buddy buddy with them than you are about having quality information put out to the public in the paper?I don't know the answers to these questions. Some of the questions may be best for you to answer to yourself and not answer publicly. If you don't know the answers to those questions, you should.Lawrence deserves a local paper with integrity. That only happens when the paper's employees take pride in it and fight for what is right. If that means asking the difficult questions, so be it.Maybe it will be easier if you print off my comments and lay them on your editor's desk and ask to discuss the situation with him.

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Feeling testy Gary?Get your facts straight. You know... FACTS... Remember facts? Facts are those things reporters are supposed to put in articles. I thought reporters knew that?I didn't call you a hypocrite. I suggested you look up the definition, but I didn't call you one. Go back and read my post again. I hope everyone reading this reads my post again. They will see that I'm telling the truth. You are not telling the truth. How many people will believe the stories you write when they see an obvious example of your untruthfulness? I thought you were supposed to be a reporter. I thought reporters were supposed to care about writing THE TRUTH!Imagine that. An anonymous poster TELLING THE TRUTH while at the same time a LJW reporter is saying things that are DOCUMENTED UNTRUE!! The facts show I did NOT call you a hypocrite, and you say I did. I guess you listing your name doesn't mean as much as you imply does it?Of course, I can understand your misconception. You may have finally looked up the meaning of the word hypocrite and decided that you saw a self description. I can't know for sure. I'm not a mind reader. Hopefully you have learned something. Hey, I admire when a man can admit his faults. If you are calling yourself a hypocrite, I'll accept your assessment.Accepting the truth is the first step in self improvement. I wish you well on this journey of personal growth.How does anyone know that you didn't write the Rush stories? There's no byline. HOW DO WE REALLY KNOW? Keep in mind that I never said that you wrote those Rush stories. I didn't even imply it. You decided on your own to bring that up. My post was written for the purpose of stating that your standards for message board posters is differerent from the LJW standards for reporters. I left it to the reader to decide for themselves what to think about the inconsist positions.You appear more worried about attacking the messenger rather than admitting the FACTS that your tabloid newspaper's actions debunk your nonsensical rants about names.Take a look in the mirror Gary. You have lost objectivity and dignity. Just like the newspaper you write for. Perhaps you have spent too much time with others in the department that have lost objectivity and dignity? Maybe if the LJW were to hire people that cared about the local Lawrence community we wouldn't have these problems? Maybe there should be new leadership in the LJW Sports department? Maybe someone that loves and cares about Lawrence could do a better job.Guess what Gary? Knowing my name, so you or an alias can attack me personally will change the FACTS that I have expressed.No amount of your ranting will change that.

Tuskin 9 years, 11 months ago

Well, Gary, I for one appreciate your work. Your articles are usually among the most insightful and interesting ones in the paper.Sorry some folks give you such a hard time. Perhaps they're just bitter that there's no basketball or football to watch.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

BTW if anybody wants to talk to me about issues like this, email me your name and phone number and I'll call you.gbedore@ljworld.com

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Tuskin.5Decade, I haven't thought much about your questions and the Rush article.I was not around when the article came out and didn't hear any backlash at the Final Four where I was. I did absolutely nothing on that story, so I guess I'll have to give it some thought to answer your questions on that. Obviously you have strong opinions about it.As far as being untruthful, I gave you my take on that. I thought you called or implied I was a hypocrite. Since you didn't specifically call me one, I said I'm sorry for misinterpreting.You haven't clarified if you think I'm a hypocrite, however. Your position still isn't clear to me on that issue. I don't expect you to treat me any differently if and when I post.And yes if and when I post comments I post quickly. It's not like writing an article. You make your take quickly and move on.

5DecadeHawk 9 years, 11 months ago

Gary,I haven't stated whether I think you are a hypocrite because I don't have enough information to decide. I do find myself wondering about it more and more as I read your writings.It's odd that you have such a need to know my opinion.You're right that I have strong opinions. I care about Lawrence and how it is portrayed. I consider it my second home. There are a great many hard working wonderful people that do a lot of great things in Lawrence. I don't have rose colored glasses. I also recognize no place is perfect. There are always flaws. I just get tired of the few flaws getting 20 times the press as the good hard working people. I happen to think that an overwhelming majority of the student population are extremely positive on the community. Sadly, it seems that the primary things most people read in the paper about the students are when one does something wrong. It's not right.The city has a lot going for it. When I read the LJW it gives a different impression. Yes. That pisses me off. I'm convinced that the biggest problem is that the LJW has too many non-locals in key positions. Too many people that take the easy road and just report what rumbles across the police scanner. Too many sports reporters beholden to other places, or looking to make a jump somewhere else. They're just padding a resume rather than working to make a real contribution to the community.If someone finds my challenges to the LJW offensive, so be it. I challenge them to explain why they feel differently. If the best you have is to attack the messenger, it's not much of an argument. No kranny, I won't lighten up. No, I don't, and I won't take Prozac. There are some people need such drugs under a doctors supervision, and I won't belittle them by playing along with your joke. Don't confuse passion with mental illness. Heck, I'd rather you just called me a name than do that. There. Did I set everyone up well enough? Let the lame personal attacks begin, but it won't change my position or my passion.

Dan Cook 9 years, 11 months ago

5DecadeHawk,I think your time has come and gone. I'd prefer to read 2DecadeHawk.Here's my guess... You really have no bone to pick with Gary, but as a tired unhappy ass, you figure you'll just take it out on him.Go back to writing letters to the editor and waxing poetically about everything and anything that makes you feel like you're on top of things. Just leave the rest of us out of it.Position and passion? Call it what you want, but it's tired.

Gary Bedore 9 years, 11 months ago

5 Decade Hawk you make some good points. I am not disputing that.Your sentence: "Let the lame personal attacks begin, but it won't change my position or my passion."You helped me make my point effective on my wanting people to post their real names: If they had to post real names you would not be personally attacked if people had to put their real names.And I'm not accusing anybody of attacking you.JuJu love your nickname. I know, that goes against my desire to have everybody put their real name.

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