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Page Steps Back To Step Up

by John Helsley Published: March 3, 2011
OSU's Keiton Page goes airborne to pass over TU's D.J. Magley and Jordan Clarkson in the  2nd half of their game at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK Dec. 8, 2010.
MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
OSU's Keiton Page goes airborne to pass over TU's D.J. Magley and Jordan Clarkson in the 2nd half of their game at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK Dec. 8, 2010. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World

By John Helsley

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Keiton Page may run hot and cold from the perimeter, partly because opponents are so focused on slowing him they’ve taken to covering him even beyond the 3-point line.

So after a series of cold shooting nights, Page found a way to create some breathing room between him and defenders against Baylor.

Scoot back.

Way back.

So far, in fact, the Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden had to chime in via Twitter:

“Keiton Page is displaying Jimmer Fredette range! That was DEEP!!”

 

Informed of Weeden’s Jimmer jibe, Page returned the compliment.

“Actually, I walked through the gym the other day and some of the football guys were out here, and (Weeden) was in here shooting. I was a little surprised. He’s got a nice little jumper himself.”

 

Cowboys coach Travis Ford offered no objections to Page’s deep 3s. Quite the contrary, he’s encouraging them.

Ford’s basic take is that an open shot is a good shot when it comes to Page.

“We kept telling our other two guards,” Ford said, “‘Now, when Keiton throws you the ball, throw it right back to him immediately.’ It took them about eight possessions to get that concept. I’m not kidding.

“I kept bringing them over, because I noticed when Keiton had the ball and passed, they would drop off. I said, ‘As soon as Keiton throws you the ball, throw it right back to him. It’s not an overly difficult play.’

“We finally got to it. For right now, that’s a good shot for Keiton. That’s as good as he’s getting at this point.”


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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