Magic Reliford signs to join Pitt State men’s basketball

The Neosho CC standout and former Labette County Grizzly is headed to the Jungle.

CHANUTE, Kan. – Neosho CC standout and former Labette County Grizzly Magic Reliford is coming to the Jungle.

“I just felt like it fit me best, both on and off the court,” Reliford says, “The coaches and the players were all positive when I visited. It’s a great atmosphere.”

Reliford signed on Thursday afternoon to play for Kim Anderson and the Gorillas next season.

“Coach (Chris) Popp came and watched me play, and told me that they wanted me,” Reliford says, “We went to PSU to visit, and the atmosphere felt right. They’re on the right track as a program and the other guys seem like good people. I want to be a part of that. My Labette County family is there at Pitt State too, so that played a part in my decision.”

He’s coming off a breakout season for the Neosho County Panthers.

This season, Reliford was the team’s leading scorer, posting 17.7 points-per-game. He also led the team in minutes played, three-pointers made and free throws made – while finishing 2nd on the team in assists.

He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining when he arrives at Pittsburg State.

“I just want to be the best player I can be, and eventually be a professional player. That’s the main goal,” Reliford adds, “Now that I’m on that stage at Pitt State, I just have to keep producing and doing what I do. If the right people see me, I know I’ll be able to reach my goals.”

Reliford was a 4-year standout for Labette County High School from 2014-2018. He averaged 16.5 points-per-game in his high school career, including 22.3 points-per-game his senior season. He finished his career at LCHS with more than 1,000 points under the guidance of head coach Brad Smith.

He’ll get to play in front of a lot of the same fans again at PSU.

“Having all my  family and friends there, it feels amazing.”