KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He's Bill Wyman. Travis Releford prefers to stand in the back, unnoticed, given a choice. He's there to hold down the backbeat, to blend into the shadows, to be heard as opposed to being seen.
"I have to be aggressive," Releford, Kansas' 6-foot-6 senior wing man, said after his Jayhawks stomped Washington State, 78-41, in the semifinals of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. "Coach (Bill Self) wants me to continue doing that. But my role is to be one of the great defenders on our team."
Which he does, as he has for years, without complaint. Or, for that matter, much in the way of glory. His role with the Kansas men's basketball team, traditionally, has been not unlike the part Wyman, the bassist for the Rolling Stones, played for all those years, thumping from left of nowhere, practically hiding behind drummer Charlie Watts' kit.
Wyman had Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in front of him to play to the crowd and get the headlines; Releford had Thomas Robinson and Tysh...