Travis Ford covered ground in a golf cart Tuesday.
Not at Karsten Creek, but zipping around the Oklahoma State campus, delivering students to classes, providing cold water and just hoping to make connections to current and potential fans.
“I thought it’d be something fun to do with the students, get out and mix and mingle a little bit, along with providing a benefit to them by giving them a ride,” Ford said.
“We’ve given a lot of rides. When somebody jumps off, somebody else jumps on. We may take them a half mile, five or 10 minutes away. Just trying to make that connection.”
In Tuesday’s heat, which was expected to reach 97, the rides and the H2O were appreciated.
“The students have been wonderful,” Ford said. “It’s been a lot of fun. It’s something I want to continue to do periodically.
“What we’re probably going to do from this point on is tweet it out the day of, what we plan to do. And we probably don’t even have to do that, just get out there and do it.”
Tuesday also represented the first individual workouts for his players.
Among them, 7-footer Anthony Allen, the junior college transfer from Lamar State College in Texas. Allen’s arrival had been subject to some late academic work, which was completed.
“Anthony Allen is officially in,” Ford said. “Fast. Can run. Athletic.”
Joe Burton, another player working to get eligible, has not made it – yet.
“Still waiting,” Ford said. “He’s still got stuff out there to make it, and he’s trying to finish up to do it.”
Some speculation has suggested that Burton, a four-star guard out of Humble, Texas, could enroll in January if he fails to meet requirements for the fall semester.
“That’s a possibility,” Ford said.
Among returning players, Ford said that senior Le’Bryan Nash used the offseason to get leaner. And meaner?
“LB’s probably lost 10 pounds,” Ford said. “He seems a little faster, a little quicker. That’s something we wanted to develop with him a little bit more. We hope he can be a little more explosive and able to play really hard for a long period of time.
He looks good. A good commitment on his part to do that. I think he realizes this is his last year here and hopefully his best year. He’s gotten progressively better each year and hopefully this is his best year. Hopefully he has a standout year.’
Overall, Ford seems pleased with his roster, even without a firm feel for Burton’s status.
“Hopefully we’re going to have some depth. We can have different lineups. It may be the quickest, fastest team we’ve had. I think this has a chance to be a really good defensive team. We can put offensive teams on the court. We can put defensive teams on the court.
“We’ve got to figure out different rotations, and that may take while, not really knowing who’s going to play where and who’s going to play what minutes. That will all work itself out.”