OSU Opens With Houston Baptist

It will be a little bit different when Marshall Moses, Keiton Page and Nick Sidorakis take the court for the Oklahoma State basketball team's season opener Saturday against Houston Baptist at Gallagher-Iba Arena. While those three are the veterans on this Cowboy squad they've always filled complimentary roles. Now they are being asked to lead the way as the team's tri-captains.

Sidorakis, a senior from Jenks, Okla., was named a captain by Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford back in May. But Moses, a senior from Aiken. S.C., and Page, a junior from Pawnee, Okla., learned earlier this week that they would also be captains.

"It's a huge honor," said Page, who averaged 17.5 points in the Cowboys two exhibition game victories.

"Growing up being an OSU fan, not knowing if I'd even get to play here when I was growing up, I wanted to but didn't know if I'd get the chance to, and now being a captain is a huge honor. It's something I'll always be able to look back on be thankful for," added the 5-9 Page.

Moses has had his highs (20 points and 18 rebounds in last season's 90-78 victory over Colorado) and his lows during his four years at Oklahoma State, but Ford believes he deserves to be a captain.

"I was looking for more captains (after naming Nick in May) and there were things I was putting out there that I wanted to see from more people," said Ford.

"Keiton's big thing was I needed him to be more vocal, I needed him to take ownership of the team, and be more commanding of the guys ... and I've seen that from him, and I've seen the dedication that he's put into his game in the offseason. So he deserved it for that reason.

"Then Marshall had to make sure he was doing things right himself, where he could lead others. He's had his issues, no question, (and) they're in the past hopefully. All summer I was watching him and throughout preseason I was watching him. He's been a great leader energy-wise. The guys do follow him. They need to follow you in the right direction, and he's done that so far.

"I talked to him a long time before I said, ‘This is what it's going to require. Can you handle this? If you can't, it ends right here and nobody knows any difference.' He wanted to accept the responsibility of that, (and) hopefully he embraces that," continued Ford.?

Moses, who enters the season as the Big 12 Conference's active leader in double-figure rebounding games with 19 and double-doubles with 14, is excited to have the label of captain.

"I'm really glad that coach Ford trusted me enough and gave me the opportunity because he didn't have to," said the 6-7, 255-pound senior. "The other two captains we got would be fine. Those guys should be captains because they're great leaders. They're guys that lead me when I need leading. Those are the guys I look up to.

"I think he did it because I've been here four years. I've been through a lot, I've been to two NCAA Tournaments, and I think he has respect for me as a player. I'm just glad he gave me a chance to be a captain. It's a big deal to me."

Moses, Page and Sidorakis begin the next chapter in their Cowboy playing careers Saturday afternoon against Houston Baptist which lost to McMurry 64-60 in its only exhibition game of the season. The Huskies, picked to finish first in the Great West Conference, are led by 6-6 senior Andrew Gonzalez, who averaged 22.4 points per game in league play last season.

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