OSU basketball: Coach Travis Ford says Keiton Page is one of OSU's all-time greats
Travis Ford pleads for Keiton Page's inclusion on the list of Oklahoma State's all-time great players, but there have been many Cowboy greats, including 17 All-Americans.
Travis Ford pleads an impassioned case for Keiton Page's inclusion on the list of Oklahoma State's all-time great players.
“He's going to go down as one of the great, if not one of the best players to play at Oklahoma State,” Ford said. “The statistics say so. And I know there haven't been many who have meant as much to a team and a program.
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Keiton Page's Top 5 OSU memories
1. No. 1 would be signing here and knowing I was going to get the opportunity to play here. It was exciting. I remember talking to my dad. My mom wanted me to be a Cowboy more than anybody. She wanted me to be close to home. I remember talking to my dad the day coach Sean (Sutton) offered me. My dad said I could take my time. I was ready. I was a sophomore in high school. That was definitely the No. 1 moment.
2. Beating Kansas here at home two years ago. And probably the last 10 seconds, knowing we had it and seeing the crowd go crazy and knowing that they were going to be out there with us on the floor in a few seconds. That was an opportunity of a lifetime right there.
3. Making the NCAA Tournament and beating Tennessee in the first round and then playing Pitt tough in the next round. To be with Byron Eaton, Terrell Harris, Anthony Harris, those guys who had been here four years and not made the NCAA Tournament, to get to experience that with them and see how special it was for them, how happy it was for them, it was joyful to see it.
4. Beating Missouri this year was definitely fun here. The No. 2 team in the country, getting to do that with this team, which had faced so much adversity and been through a whole lot, it felt like we deserved that game. To put in so much work and face so many ups and downs this season, and still be focused and fighting, to experience that was unbelievable.
5. Hopefully we can make No. 5 Senior Night against Kansas. Maybe we can do that.
Ford creates an intriguing debate, based in part on Page's place at No. 7 on OSU's career scoring list – and he has more points than any Cowboy under 6-feet tall – his soon to be No. 1 spot in made 3-pointers, his No. 1 ranking in minutes played and No. 5 rank in games played.
And there's this: “I can't overstate,” Ford said, “he's the best leader I've ever had. In 15 years, by far the best.”
There have been many Cowboy greats, including 17 All-Americans, clouding Ford's debate.
Still, Ford is right, Page is special. And if not a Cowboy great, then for sure a great Cowboy.
As Page winds down his college career with but a handful of games remaining, marked by Monday's Senior Night clash with No. 4 Kansas inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, his greatest legacy – his captain's legacy – might be realized in the years to come.
Because while this farewell season rates as a wins-and-losses disappointment for OSU's lone senior, Page remains the consummate Cowboy, shepherding along a young core of players, hopefully toward better days ahead.
“His legacy began as a young freshman, starting in the NCAA Tournament,” Ford said. “His legacy will be scoring all the points, playing all the minutes. His legacy will be doing it the right way, as a great person, a great player. His legacy… you can go on and on.
“But part of it will be how much he has taught these guys on leadership and how to go about your everyday life on the court, off the court, and the type person he is. Hopefully, that has rubbed off on a number of these guys and they've learned from it.”
Said redshirt freshman Michael Cobbins: “Keiton's been a great leader for us. Being vocal and being a leader by example. He's shown us how it's done and showed us the ropes.”
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