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OSU basketball: Travis Ford hopes fans continue support for young team and senior Keiton Page

OKLAHOMA STATE BASKETBALL — While the Cowboys may have their eye on the future, Travis Ford isn't giving up on the season, or on his lone senior, Keiton Page.
by John Helsley Published: January 22, 2012
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“For what he has done for us and what he does night in and night out, there is not a better player for what he is doing,” Ford said.

Kansas State slowed Page Saturday, one of the key's in the Wildcats' 66-58 win. Yet afterward, K-State coach Frank Martin couldn't contain his appreciation for the Cowboys guard.

“Keiton Page is one of my favorite all-time players in my 27 years of basketball,” Martin said. “I said the other day that he might be the smallest player in the Big 12 by stature, but he's got by far the biggest heart of any guy I've seen in the Big 12.”

Not everybody views Page the same way. Some pick at his height, or lack of it at 5-foot-8, and the limitations that brings.

Ford, like Martin, sees the big heart and the exemplary attitude and the unselfishness, with Page averaging more minutes than any player in the Big 12.

“I just don't grasp why he does not get the respect that he deserves out there on the court night in and night out, and I am tired of it,” Ford said. “I am sick of it.

“It's getting to be ... This kid is giving it everything that he has got. And he can't even walk the next day. For him, I just don't think he gets the respect he deserves on that court and I have voiced about it. I just don't get it. I don't get it.

“But, fans, I hope they continue to come … I hope they return to watch this young basketball team and support Keiton Page.”

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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