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Monday, November 26, 2012

Kansas senior Travis Releford wins Big 12 player of week

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson slaps hands with teammate Travis Releford after a breakaway bucket by Releford against Saint Louis in the first half of the championship game of the CBE Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas guard Elijah Johnson slaps hands with teammate Travis Releford after a breakaway bucket by Releford against Saint Louis in the first half of the championship game of the CBE Classic, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kansas senior guard Travis Releford was selected as the Big 12's player of the week, the conference announced Monday morning.

Releford led KU to wins over Washington State (78-41) and Saint Louis (73-59) last week in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The senior guard averaged 20 points per game and shot 65 percent from the floor before being named the tournament's most valuable player.

The Kansas City, Mo., native also connected on 60 percent of his shots from three-point range while going 8-for-9 (.889) from the free throw line.

Releford is third on the Jayhawks in scoring this year with 11.8 points per game.

Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye won the league's rookie of the week honors.

Comments

David Leathers 1 year, 10 months ago

Congrats Travis! You deserved the POW award. Keep up the hard work and smart play and you may get a couple more.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 10 months ago

How many of these awards has he won in his career? I seem to think that he got the award at least once last year when we played KSU and OU early in conference play.

dylans 1 year, 10 months ago

I think it was just the one last year.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 10 months ago

Let's hope he can consistently provide an offensive edge like this. Obviously he won't be averaging 20 points a game...but on a team full of talented, yet unpredictable, young players, we need him to be a stable offensive threat.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 10 months ago

And Releford had difficulty finishing...or even coming close to finishing...too many of his drives. I understand that he's no Tyshawn Taylor when it comes to acrobatic finishes, but some of his attempts were just plain ugly.

He drew the fouls, but he needs to work on finishing those plays.

diegohawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I think of Ron Artest. Rel seems to have a watered down version of the former Johnny's game.

Boouk 1 year, 10 months ago

Releford is the most inconsistent shooter I've ever seen. It seems like he either can't make anything from 18+ feet or he's making almost everything.

mikehawk 1 year, 10 months ago

One could characterize his pattern as inconsistent, or in a more positive light as "streaky." Regardless, his point output doesn't seem to affect the rest of his floor game. He posseses that rare consistency of mind set coaches love. If Travis averages 10 and 5, to go with his defense, we will be tough to beat over 40 minutes. Every team needs a ("tell me what you need coach") Travis Releford.

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