College hoops' underrated and overlooked
Travis Releford, Kansas Jayhawks
When defense is your calling card -- as was Releford's last year -- you tend to get somewhat overshadowed. And although teammates Ben McLemore
and Jeff Withey
get most of the headlines, Releford has been just as key to the sixth-ranked Jayhawks' 11-1 start.
Not only is he still defending, the senior guard has boosted his scoring to 13.3 PPG this season -- third-best on the team and about five points better than last season -- and he's shooting 61.7 percent. He always had the ability to score, but now he's doing it consistently -- notching double-digit outings in his past nine games after beginning the season in a shooting slump.