OSU basketball notebook: Keiton Page's Senior Night different for coach Travis Ford

Page and Ford have been together for four seasons. They've developed a friendship.
by John Helsley Published: February 28, 2012
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OSU coach Travis Ford has now gone through four Senior Nights in Stillwater, but Keiton Page is the first Cowboy he coached from his freshman through his senior season.  

Ford admitted that made Monday's festivities a little bit more emotional.

“He and I have gotten to be very close,” Ford said. “Somebody who I've got an enormous amount of respect for. Somebody who I love dearly. Somebody who I care for. It's developed, as much as it can between a player and coach, (into) a friendship. And it will develop even more as a friendship as we move on.

 “I was not looking forward to this.”

Before Page was honored in front of the crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena, Ford showed the Cowboys a highlight reel of the 5-foot-9 guard, starting from his freshman year and building up to his senior year.  

“It was fun to kind of watch things go by,” Ford said. “(He) just always responded to the challenge. I'm so proud of him, because it was his dream to play basketball here.”

MORE SENIORS, TOO

While Page is OSU's lone senior player, five team managers were honored on Senior Night along with the Cowboy standout.

The others:

Josh Harris, Broken Arrow; Barrett Reed, Dallas; Jarin Janecka, Cypress, Texas; Stephen Lewelling, Oklahoma City; Jacob McLafferty, Stillwater.

UP NEXT

The Cowboys close out the regular season Saturday at Kansas State.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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