Don’t misunderstand…I’m not wishing for a starting rotation of 5′ 8″ guards.
I’m wishing for 5 guys who will work hard EVERY practice, and bring 110% every game, every minute they are on the floor.
Talent is wonderful, but effort is the great equalizer.
Give me mediocre talent that gives great effort and I’ll show you a BUNCH of wins over teams with great talent that give questionable effort.
Character and desire are often overlooked in the quest for talent.
Want to see what effort gets you? Take a look at Justin Blackmon and Dez Bryant. Talk about opposite ends of the spectrum. Dez Bryant, without question, has more physical ability than Justin Blackmon. But JB brings it 100+% every time. Practice. Game. Doesn’t matter.
That is why Blackmon left college as one of the greatest WR’s to ever play the game. Could single-handedly take over a game. Almost unheard of.
Keiton Page should have his jersey retired.
This kid from Pawnee, OK, lived his dream. Short in stature, but with the heart of a giant. Never quit, never said “Well, I’ll play my role because I’ll never be good enough to be the man.”
How ’bout his last five games?
This should be rewarded.
Enough of only holding up for praise and admiration the guy who scores 20+ every game and helps lead your team to tournament play and possibly championships. Sometimes a player comes along who embodies EVERYTHING that is good about sports, and just because he doesn’t qualify as one of the most exciting athletes to wear the school colors, we say “Oh, that kid, we really loved him. We will miss him, but he really wasn’t that great.”
Ok, fine. You need something to hang your hat on? Keiton Page is the greatest individual on the court “leader” that OSU has ever had. Leaders do what is necessary. Page could answer all those calls. Play point, run the offense, handle the ball, keep things calmed down. Score if necessary. I really like Gottlieb, incredible handler and passer, but he couldn’t throw it in the ocean.
Did he have the talent to carry this team? No. Did he have the will to carry this team? Ten times yes.
Give me 8 kids like that, and I’ll win a championship if the chips fall right. Give me 8 kids like that, a couple of whom have the talent, and I’ll win championships. Period.
Keiton Page deserves to be recognized as one of OSU basketball’s all-time Cowboys.