By Chris Perry
OSU Media Relations
He averaged 44.4 points his senior season in high school, once scored 61 points in a game, recorded two triple-doubles, and broke a 29-year-old record for most points in a single season.
As a four-year starter at Pawnee (Okla.) High, he led his team to two state championships. He was a coach’s dream, and fittingly, that coach was his father.
Oklahoma State’s Keiton Page is still scoring, but much less than he did in high school. As the Cowboys' sixth man, he is averaging just less than 10 points. Page says that adjusting to coming off the bench hasn't been difficult.
“I knew when I signed here that’s how it was going to be,” Page said. “I wasn’t too concerned about it. Just winning is the main thing for me. We have a great point guard in Byron Eaton. I’m just proud just to come in and get to play in those games.”
Page has contributed as Eaton's backup but he said there is a noticeable difference in playing Class 2A basketball and playing in the Big 12 Conference.
“The pace of the game is the toughest part to adjust to,” Page said. “I knew from high school to college the pace of the game is a big difference. Coach Travis Ford’s style of play is that much more extreme than other programs.”
Page came to campus with the reputation of being a great shooter. He holds the national record for career 3-point percentage at 49.9 percent.
This season, he’s shooting 41.4 percent from 3-point range, good for second on the team. His step back 3-pointer against Baylor in the last minute put OSU up by one, but the Pokes eventually lost in overtime. He said that coach Ford’s practices have helped him prepare for the playing in the Big 12.
“We don’t have any light days,” Page said. “Every day in practice we’re playing against each other. I’m going up against Byron every day and I think that’s helping me out a lot.”
Despite bringing his shooting reputation with him, fans questioned if Page would be successful at the collegiate level because of his 5-10 height. Page credits Ford for helping him overcome the obstacle because the first-year coach also played through being the smallest player on the court.
“I’ve always been the little one out there on the court,” Page said. “Coach Ford coming in has talked to me quite a bit about that because he’s been in the same situation. He’s helping me out a lot with that.”
Page was recruited by former coach Sean Sutton and committed to Oklahoma State before his senior season and before Ford took over the program.
“I didn’t know if I would contribute this soon, especially with the coaching change,” Page said. “I didn’t really know too much about coach Ford. I got in here and saw his style of ball and it fit me perfectly. I really didn’t know, but I was looking forward to the season.”
The humble freshman has had great success in his inaugural campaign, mostly because he isn’t afraid to shoot when the opportunity presents itself. He attributes much of his success to being surrounded by his teammates on a daily basis.
“My teammates have been great. The guys I have around me have made me better,” Page said. “Being out there with the supporting cast that I have, the great company that I have out there on the court, makes me look good.”