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Trevor Releford sat down Sunday night with his mother and uncle and cut his college list to nine schools.
Releford, the younger brother of Kansas shooting guard Travis Releford, said he’s considering Alabama, Arizona, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Texas A&M, Minnesota and Missouri State.
He said all of those schools have offered except UCLA.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Releford said he likes Alabama the most because of his relationship with new head coach Anthony Grant.
“Alabama is the top because they’ve been there the longest,” Releford said. “I talk to coach a lot and I was his first guy. He started recruiting me.”
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl has also been involved, especially since Josh Selby decommitted.
“They’re pretty involved,” Releford said. “I talk to them a lot. I talked to Coach Pearl [Sunday]. They really need a point guard now since Selby decommitted.
“They don’t have any point guards and stuff now. But I was still considering them when they had Josh Selby.”
L.J. Goolsby, Releford’s AAU coach with KC Pump N Run, says Releford will be a great addition wherever he goes.
“He’s going to be fantastic, as far as being a true point guard and leading the team and making everyone around him better,” he said. “He’s done that ever since he was young. That’s what the good ones are supposed to do.”
Releford said he plans to cut his list further and then take his five official visits.
“I haven’t decided which ones yet,” he said. “I think I’m gonna take all five.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.