Hoops Recruiting: Keiton Page Commits To OSU

Keiton Page was sitting in his Algebra II class at Pawnee (Okla.) High School when he received some surprising news Monday afternoon. Page, the 5-foot-10 sophomore guard who some compare to Mark Price, an Oklahoma prep star before going on to earn All-American honors at Georgia Tech and becoming a perennial NBA All-Star, was pulled out of class to receive news that Oklahoma State head coach designate Sean Sutton has called to offer a scholarship. It was the news Page had been waiting to hear.

Page visited with Sean Sutton later in the day and accepted the Cowboys' offer, which makes him the first verbal commitment for the Class of 2008. OSU received a commitment from Jenks (Okla.) High School guard Nick Sidorakis last month as the first commitment for the Class of 2007.

"It is quite a relief to have it out of the way," Keiton Page said Monday night. "I've been wanting to play at OSU since attending my first game there several years ago. I've dreamed of playing in front of the Gallagher-Iba crowd and really like the Sutton family."

Page led all of Class 2A in scoring with a 29.7 points per game average this past season in leading Pawnee to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. He shot 59.4 percent (171 of 288) on two-point field goals, and 48.9 percent (91 of 186) on three pointers. Page was also one of the state's best free-throw shooters, making 82.2 percent (157 of 191) from the charity stripe. He also averaged 5.5 assists, 4.7 steals and 3.2 rebounds for the Bears.

There are those who wonder if the 5-10 Page will be tall enough to play in the Big 12 Conference. His older brother Brady is just over 6-foot and just concluded an All-American career at Oklahoma Christian University, an NAIA school in Edmond, Okla.

"We're hoping Keiton gets to 6-foot," said David Page. "OSU has a tradition of playing some kids that are smaller in size... Doug Gottlieb, Victor Williams, and they have Byron Eaton now. It really goes back to what coach (James) Dickey said to me, ‘If you can play, you can play and it doesn't matter how tall you are.'"

If Sean Sutton had any doubts about Keiton being able to play major college basketball those must have been answered last Friday when he spent 45 minutes watching a workout in the Pawnee gym. "Coach Sutton watched Keiton shoot for about 45 minutes," David Page said. "Afterwards I asked Keiton if he took about 200 shots, and he said that it was closer to 300 shots during that time. Do you know how many he missed? He missed less than 10 shots. I think coach Sutton was really impressed with that."

Keiton said he will continue working out while also playing on an AAU team out of Tulsa coached by former NBA player Lee Mayberry and ex-Tulsa player Rod Thompson. His workout regime includes a 45-minute off-season workout every day with the Pawnee coaching staff. He then goes to the Pawnee weight room for nearly an hour each day. Twice a week he makes the drive to Tulsa to workout with Mayberry and Thompson for an hour and a half. "He does that because he wants to; not because I or anyone else makes him," David Page said. "Just because he's committed to OSU doesn't mean he's going to take it easy. With Keiton it's just more reason to work harder to get better."

Keiton remembers that first Cowboy game that he spoke about earlier. It was Jan. 13, 2003, when as a seventh-grader he was in the Gallagher-Iba Arena stands when Victor Williams hit a last-second shot to give the Cowboys a 48-46 win over Oklahoma. Perhaps one day in the near future that will be Page hitting the game-winning shot to beat the Sooners.

"I'm just looking forward to being part of the program and getting the opportunity to play in Gallagher-Iba Arena in front of the great fans they have," Keiton Page said.

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