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Travis Releford Joins Surging River Lions

Released: March 15, 2016

Former Kansas Jayhawk Travis Releford Joins Surging River Lions

Zach Dadson
River Lions Media

The Niagara River Lions have added 27-year-old Travis Releford to the team’s roster ahead of the National Basketball League of Canada’s March 15 trade deadline.

Releford (6-foot-6, 205 lb) played for Head Coach Bill Self at the University of Kansas from 2008 through 2013 where he started 75 games over his final two seasons.

In his career at Kansas, Releford helped the Jayhawks win five Big 12 Championships, three Big 12 league tournaments and made a Final Four appearance in 2012 where the team lost in the National Championship game to the Kentucky Wildcats.  

The Kansas City, Missouri native finished his collegiate career tied for 10th all-time in games played at the University of Kansas and tied for 27th all-time with 114 steals. After the 2012-2013 season, Releford was named to the All Big 12 Second Team and Big 12 All-Defensive Team when he averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.27 steals per game.

After graduating with a degree in African and African American Studies, Travis Releford spent the 2013-2014 basketball season playing for Okapi Aalstair of the Belgium-Scoore League.

In 2014-2015 Releford played 14 games for the Mississauga Power, alongside current Niagara River Lion Mike Allison, where he averaged 21 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Releford then played 7 games for Helsinki Seagulls of the Finnish Korisliiga.

In 2015, Releford was rewarded for his hard work and skill as a professional when he was drafted by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.

Travis Releford joins a surging River Lions (10-17) team that is 4-1 in the five games since their trip to the Eastern Division and 5-3 under Head Coach Grâce Lokole. For more information about the team and the signing of Releford, please contact Grâce Lokole.


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