Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ex-Jayhawk Releford sparkles for his team in Israel

Kansas guard Travis Releford puts up a jumper prior to tipoff against Texas Christian on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Travis Releford puts up a jumper prior to tipoff against Texas Christian on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Former Kansas University guard Travis Releford exploded for 26 points with six assists and four rebounds in leading Maccabi Kiryat Gat to a 93-74 victory over Ironi Kiryat-Ata on Friday in the deciding Game Five of Israel’s National League basketball finals.

The victory assured Releford’s team of being promoted to Israel’s Super League top flight for next season.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Kansas City, Missouri, native hit eight of 10 shots, including one of two threes. He also hit nine of 11 free throws. Former Mississippi player Terrence Watson contributed 19 points for the winners.

Releford, 25, has also played for pro teams in Canada and Belgium. He averaged 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game this past season.

Williams to Gonzaga: Former Missouri forward Johnathan Williams III has chosen Gonzaga as his transfer destination, Memphis radio station ESPN 929 reported Saturday. KU at one point had expressed interest in the 6-9, 225-pounder who averaged 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Tigers last season.

Hoiberg gone?: It’s hard to find anybody who thinks Fred Hoiberg will spurn the Chicago Bulls and remain coach at Iowa State, despite the fact the Cyclones are a serious Final Four contender in the 2015-16 season. ESPN, in fact, says the Bulls are working on a five-year contract with Hoiberg.

The popular reason he’s all but gone is that it has been a lifetime dream of Hoiberg’s to coach in the NBA.

So who will replace Hoiberg — if he leaves — and take over an ISU roster highly capable of challenging KU’s run of 11 straight Big 12 titles?

Current assistant T.J. Otzelberger has been mentioned as well as Phoenix Suns coach/Iowa State grad Jeff Hornacek. Also, Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register brought up the name of ESPN announcer/former college coach Fran Fraschilla.

Peterson was asked in a Q and A: “If Hoiberg leaves, how does this shift the power balance next season in Big 12 hoops?”

His answer: “Immediately, it shouldn’t shift power in the Big 12. Iowa State will be good next season, regardless who coaches the team. Even Georges Niang could coach this very talented bunch of guys. It’s the season after next that needs immediate attention; there’s a lot of scholarships available.”

Vick still likely to reclassify: Future KU guard LaGerald Vick is expected to announce his decision to reclassify to the Class of 2015 or stay in the Class of 2016 Monday night, according to Vick, a 6-5 senior combo guard from Douglass High in Memphis, in a message to the Journal-World, however, said if he does announce something Monday he is not sure what time of day it would be. It’s likely he will reclassify and be part of KU’s World University Games team this summer.

Trent on list: Gary Trent Jr., a 6-4 junior-to-be from Apple Valley (Minnesota) High who is ranked No. 45 in the Class of 2017 by, reports on Twitter that he has received a scholarship offer from KU. He’s also considering Michigan State, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Minnesota and others. Playing for Howard Pulley AAU, he’s the leading scorer on NIKE’s EYBL circuit and has a 43-point outing to his credit this spring. His dad played in the NBA from 1995-2004.


Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

Fred is close friends with Gar Forman GM of the Bulls, as well as a few other admin folks, this should be wrapped up no later than next Friday, maybe as soon as Wed. He is clearly gone. Always liked Fred, once he graduated :), I wish him well.

I don't think next season is a given for ISU, regardless of how well Niang can coach the team. Fred is beloved there, you never want to follow the legend, you want to be the second guy to follow the legend. Peterson is nuts if he thinks you can just plug a guy in there and let the team run itself. If they promote from within that would help next years team, if they hire someone with a pedigree who is a college coach, who does not understand the nuances of how a NBA offense runs it could be tricky. Have to wait to see who they bring in to know if it effect their team next year.

Christina Murphy 7 years, 4 months ago

Anyone else actually quite upset that Hoiberg is likely jumping ship to the NBA? KU really needs more consistently decent competition in the Big 12 conference to prepare them for the tournament each year. Hoiberg has managed to provide that competition, and remain quite classy all the while. From the already brief comments coming out of the Shaka Smart and Texas camp, I'm certain that won't remain an amicable relationship. I am just not sure who ISU could bring in as a coach with the same recruiting and tactial nous to get KU tuned up for the Big Dance.

TLDR: Hoiberg leaving bad for KU and the Big 12 in general.

Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

So everyone should first consider how their decisions will effect KU and the B12 before they make them? Obviously its all about what is good for us, not the 25m dream job for a respectful talented coach who might want to coach at the next level?

Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

Pay attention Brett, that is exactly what she said you fool.

Dan Harris 7 years, 4 months ago


Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

Dan one or two ?? gets your point across, anything else is just showing off.

I get it you do not understand why she said that. I agree too. Why not be happy for Fred and leave it at that! Mercy some people on here are truly amazing.

David Lara 7 years, 4 months ago

Rodney, read it again there fella. Nothing is mentioned about what anyone should consider, only how things will shake out if Hoiberg goes. And don't get so defensive when people call you out for poor reading comprehension.

Shannon Gustafson 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm betting there are a "few" ISU fans that are quite upset as well so you're not the only one...

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

I am of the opinion our conference is not as good as the hype and would like to see KU get tested by rigorous conference opponents even if it costs us a title. So yes, I am disappointed Hoiberg is leaving.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

What kind of money can one earn playing in Israel's National League?

Brian Wilson 7 years, 4 months ago

Most overseas basketball players make 200 to 700k. Keith Langsford has become well off playing internationally!

Rodney Crain 7 years, 4 months ago

Explains so much Tyler another person on here who cannot understand english!

Titus Canby 7 years, 4 months ago

I vote for Weatherwax for new ISU coach.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

It's not too late to pull a Billy Donovan.

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