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Former KU wing Travis Releford signs deal with basketball team in Lebanon

Travis Releford played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2008-13.
Travis Releford played for the Kansas Jayhawks from 2008-13. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Former University of Kansas basketball guard/forward Travis Releford has signed to play for Al-Mouttahed Tripoli in Lebanon this season, Eurobasket.com and Sportando.com have reported.

Releford, a 6-foot-6, 205-pounder out of Bishop Miege High School, played in Poland last season for King Szczecin. He has also played in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar), Canada (Power and River Lions), Finland (Helsinki Seagulls), Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat) and the NBA G-League (Salt Lake City).

“Year No. 5. Lets GOOOoo,” the 27-year-old Releford wrote on Twitter on a post that announced his “official signing” with Al-Mouttahed.

Grimes sets KU date

Quentin Grimes, a 6-5 senior shooting guard from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, who is ranked No. 20 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will visit KU on Oct. 13-15, Rivals.com reported on Friday. Grimes will also visit Texas (Sept. 22), Kentucky (Sept. 29) and Marquette (Oct. 20).

Dotson visiting Florida this weekend

It looks as if it’s a Kansas-Florida battle for Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C., who is the No. 17-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2018 according to Rivals.com.

ESPN.com’s Jeff Borzello in fact gives KU and Florida each a 40 percent chance of landing Dotson. Maryland and Clemson are the two schools with a 10 percent chance in Borzello’s estimation.

Dotson — who has made official visits to KU and Clemson — will visit Florida this weekend with No. 35-ranked Elijah Weaver, a 6-5 combo guard from Oldsmar (Fla.) Christian High School.

“The Gators have picked up a lot of steam for Dotson over the past couple of weeks after it seemed Kansas had the edge,” Borzello wrote Friday.

“He did take a surprising unofficial visit to Clemson last week, too. Weaver has only one official visit remaining after going to USC and Ohio State the first two weekends of September. He will wrap things up next weekend with a trip to Oklahoma State. Florida and Ohio State seemed to have most of the momentum for Weaver, although USC has picked up some buzz recently. With both players on campus, will Florida be able to put the squeeze on and get a commitment?”

Carey eliminates KU

Kansas apparently is no longer an option for Jalen Carey, a 6-4 senior point guard from Immaculate Conception in Montclair, N.J., who is ranked No. 50 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com.

Carey, who had tentatively planned on visiting KU for the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog — told Zagsblog.com he’s focusing on Syracuse, UConn and Miami, effectively eliminating KU, Villanova and Rutgers.

“It’s been a long process. I think now it’s just time to focus on these three schools and make a decision by next month,” Carey told Zagsblog.com.

Syracuse is considered the heavy favorite.

His mom, Tawana Alston, confirmed that just three schools remain.

“All three of the schools are great as far as basketball-wise. All three of them have great academic programs, so it’s really hard to say which one stands out right now. And they’re all great programs, so whichever one he does pick, it can’t be a bad choice,” Alston said.

Quickley on Kentucky campus

Kentucky this weekend welcomes KU target Immanuel Quickley to town for an official visit. Quickley, a 6-4 senior point guard from John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md., is ranked No. 10 nationally by Rivals.com. He’s already visited KU and recently postponed a trip to his third finalist, Miami, because of Hurricane Irma.

KU had an in-home with Quickley this past week.

Recruiting analysts continue to view him as a lock for Kentucky.

Williamson to attend South Carolina game

No. 2-ranked prospect Zion Williamson will attend Saturday’s Kentucky-South Carolina football game as part of an unofficial visit to South Carolina, Goupstate.com reported Friday. Last Saturday, Williamson, a 6-6, senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School, attended the Clemson-Auburn game at Clemson as part of yet another unofficial visit.

KU will entertain Williamson on an official visit on the Sept. 30 Late Night in the Phog weekend. He will visit Kentucky on Sept. 22, Duke on Oct. 22 and UCLA on Oct. 27. Williamson’s stepfather, Lee Anderson, told Goupstate.com that Williamson may wait until spring to sign with a school.

Langford’s weekend to include Louisville contest

No. 5-ranked Romeo Langford, a 6-4 senior guard from New Albany (Ind.) High School, who has KU on his list of schools, is expected to attend the Clemson-Louisville football game at Louisville this weekend, Scout.com reports. He recently announced a list of KU, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. Many consider Louisville the favorite.

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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