"We had a scholarship available and it was something I had thought about; he's earned it," Ford said. "He's been great through conditioning, workouts and he's just really fallen in with our guys; he's really done a good job. He deserves it; he's earned it."
Sager averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior at Rider and has exceptional range from behind the 3-point arc, earning him all-district honors. Sager was offered scholarships to play at The Citadel, Arkansas-Little Rock, Midwestern State and Trinity but chose to walkon at OSU. Ford and his staff have been impressed with what they've seen from Sager since he arrived on campus.
"For someone like me, who didn't really know Christien that well; to see how he intertwined with the team well and how hard he worked; he's very deserving of this," Ford said. "It's not that I wasn't going to let him be a walkon; the whole premise for was him to come and pay his own way but since we had it there and he worked extremely hard, we thought he deserved it."
Sager is also an excellent student and was already on an academic scholarship. One of the reasons he chose to walkon at OSU was so he could pursue a degree in electrical engineering and he was the salutatorian of his senior class and scored a 33 on his ACT. The decision to give him a scholarship on the team was made because of the outstanding effort he's put forth in the classroom, as well as, the locker room and on the court.
"He went through what everyone else on the team went through as far as conditioning every day, individual workouts and things like that. He did it all," Ford said. "It's a big deal — a really big deal — for a kid like that. You don't pass (scholarships) around lightly to say the least."