His name is Keiton Page, and you'd have to see this guy in person to believe it. And even so, I'm not sure I believe it.
He's short, chubby and slow. He's me, in other words. But he's starting for one of the 20 best basketball teams in the country, Oklahoma State. It's crazy. He's a 5-foot-10, 168-pound (more like 185) shooting guard. He looks 12. And out of shape.
But he can play. I mean, really play.
He's only a freshman, but he's averaging 8.9 points per game and shooting 40.7 percent from three-point range. He had 21 points earlier this season against Siena, which has a great backcourt. And for Page, that was an off night compared to what he did a year ago at Pawnee (Okla.) High.
I looked it up. He averaged 44.5 ppg at Pawnee, with a high of 61. And I'm telling you, unless you knew who he was ahead of time, you'd never have picked Keiton Page out of the pregame layup line as the player to be scared of. Not even in high school.
I told him so. Because I'm nice like that.
"You're right," he said. "My dad was my high school coach, and he always told me to use whatever they're saying in the crowd to get me ready to play."
Love him. And what a coincidence that he's playing for Travis Ford, the original roly-poly shooting guard from the heartland.
"That's his Pops right there," said OSU teammate Nick Sidorakis.