Keiton Page: I'm Still A Cowboy

Keiton Page had been living out his dream. The Pawnee High School senior had led his team to the Class 2A state title a few weeks ago, and then this past weekend was selected as The Oklahoman's Player of the Year. Life was very good. But then his dad, David Page, came walking into his fourth-hour class Tuesday with some unsettling news – Sean Sutton was no longer the coach at Oklahoma State.

Page, who set the state of Oklahoma's single-season scoring record by averaging 44.4 points in leading the Black Bears to a 27-2 record and the 2A state championship this past season as a senior, had signed a national letter of intent with Oklahoma State last November intent on a collegiate career playing for Sutton. Page was looking forward to playing for the person he watched lead Oklahoma State to back-to-back Sweet 16 when he was the Cowboy point guard in the early 1990s.

Now, like every other Oklahoma State basketball fan, Page begins playing the waiting game to see who athletic director Mike Holder hires to replace the 39-year-old Sutton.

"I really didn't know what to think," Page said Tuesday afternoon. "I didn't know if this would happen or not, but (my dad and I) talked about it a little bit. I understand that stuff like this happens in college sports all the time. I would have really liked to have played for Coach (Sean) Sutton and his staff that recruited me, but I understand.

"I'm still committed to the Cowboys, and will keep doing the things I'm doing (to prepare to join the team in the fall)."

What type of coach would the 5-foot-10 Page like to see hired? "It really doesn't matter to me. Whatever is best for the program. I'm looking forward to playing for whoever they hire," he said.

Page said he hopes that whoever is hired will honor his letter of intent. "I'm not quite sure if they'll ask me or not, but I'm committed to the Cowboys and looking forward to whoever they get in."

Page continued to be recruited by schools all across the nation even after giving his verbal commitment to Sutton and the Cowboy coaching staff late during his sophomore year of high school. But when contacted by other schools his response was always that he grew up wanting to be an Oklahoma State Cowboy, and was going to sign with OSU, which he did last November.

He's sure to begin hearing from some of those same schools in the next few weeks, but they can expect to hear the same response.

"I'll just tell them that I'm 100 percent committed to the Cowboys and nothing has really changed. I'm a little disappointed that this happened because I was really looking forward to playing for Coach Sutton and the staff, but I'm still 100 percent committed to OSU," says Page, who indicated his last conversation with a member of the Cowboy coaching staff was with assistant coach James Dickey a couple of weeks ago.

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