Tag:Travis Ford
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:16 pm

Travis Ford with a 2nd historic recruiting class

By Jeff Goodman

I wasn't certain that Travis Ford could match the recruiting class he assembled while at UMass back in 2007. Ford received nine commitments in that group - four transferred, two never arrived, two were seldom-used role guys and one wound up being a solid contributor. 

Now Ford has gone 0-for-7 with his 2009 class at Oklahoma State. 

That's two complete classes and virtually nothing to show for it. No wonder why Derek Kellogg is still trying to get things going at UMass and why Ford's team is struggling and just 7-6 this season. 

With point guards Reger Dowell and Fred Gulley both deciding to transfer, there isn't a single member of Ford's recruiting haul that resides in Stillwater. Six of the seven have left via transfer - and the prize of the class never made it academically. 

Here's the complete rundown: 

Reger Dowell: Started three of the first 11 games and averaged 5.5 points in 19.2 minutes per game. Recently opted to transfer. 

Fred Gulley: The Arkansas native started 14 games as a freshman and suffered a shoulder injury last season. He had started five games this season and was averaging 4.0 points in 18.4 minutes when he decided to leave. 

Ray Penn: Yet another point guard who didn't make it. Penn started 15 games his freshman season, but was kicked off the team last year after starting 10 games and averaging 5.9 points. He reportedly transferred to Texas Southern, but isn't on the roster. 

Roger Franklin: Was a heralded recruit who barely played (averaged 1.7 points last season) and transferred to North Texas. He received a waiver to play immediately due to an illness in the family. He's averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 boards for the Mean Green so far this season. 

Jarred Shaw: The 6-foot-11 Texan played sparingly in 26 games over  two seasons before transferring to Utah State. He's sitting out this year. 

Torin Walker: The 6-foot-11 Georgia native played 10 games as a freshman before transferring to Middle Tennessee. He sat out last season and is averaging 0.6 points and 0.3 rebounds this season. 

Karron Johnson: Talented, but enigmatic. He's bounced around plenty and never qualified. He went to junior college for two years and is now at D-3 Shaw University, where he has yet to play this season. 

Now let's take a refresher course with that UMASS GROUP FROM 2007: 

Travon Wilcher: He transferred to Maine, averaged 1.0 point per game last season in six games and hasn't played a single minute this year. 

Papa Lo: After averaging 0.3 points as a freshman at UMass, he transferred to Bryant and averaged 0.4 points and 0.8 rebounds last season. 

Max Groebe: He transferred to Cornell after logging a total of 104 minutes as a freshman under Ford and is averaging 1.5 points in 5.5 minutes this season for the Big Red.

Matt Glass: He transferred to Vermont after averaging 3.4 points in 13.1 minutes per game at UMass as a sophomore. He's the star of this class, averaging 9.3 points per game this season. 

Marcus Matthews: He never arrived and is now at Division II Southern New Hampshire, where he is averaging 1.8 points per game in six contests this season. 

Trey Lang: He finished his UMass career under Derek Kellogg last season as a walk-on and averaged 1.0 point per game. 

Matt Hill: He averaged 9.5 minutes per game last season and has appeared in just two games this year, scoring a total of six points. 

Tyrell Lynch: Ford compared him to his former Kentucky teammate, Jamal Mashburn. Lynch ended up transferring after a freshman season that saw him average 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. His whereabouts now are unknown. 

Gary Correia: He played 27 games last season as a senior and averaged 4.3 points per game as the starting point guard. 

Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 11:07 am

Travis Ford still in shock over Budke news

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK - Travis Ford got the call at 5 a.m.

"At first we didn't believe it," Oklahoma State's coach said. "But then a few minutes later it was confirmed."

In a day and age where many men's and women's coaches don't exactly mesh (i.e. Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma), Ford said that he and the late Kurt Budke - who died in a plane crash late last week, along with assistant Miranda Serna, were close.

"I'd look over and he'd be sitting in the front row of my practice," Ford said. "And I'd watch his practices. We'd talk all the time and share ideas."

"I'm still getting over what happened," he added. 

Ford said that the memorial service at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday -- just prior to flying to New York for the Preseason NIT -- was the ideal blend of emotions.

"It was sad, but there were funny stories, also," he said. "Instead of a moment of silence, it ended with everyone standing and cheering."

As for his team, Ford said that Keiton Page may not play tonight against Stanford due to a toe injury.

"He was ineffective (Tuesday) in practice," Ford said.

If Page can't go, it means that Ford will likely start three freshmen - point guard Cezar Guerrero, Le'Bryan Nash and redshirt frosh Michael Cobbins.

The 6-foot-7 Nash is the prized freshman who has picked things up quickly, but Ford said he's still got a ways to go in terms of consistent effort.

"He could always go out and get 30 in high school and AAU without breaking a sweat," Ford said of the 6-foot-7 forward. "But that doesn't work against anyone at the D-1 level. He wants it - and is a great kid. He's just got a very laid-back personality."

"Once it clicks, and he realizes has has to play hard all the time, all his talent will rise to the top," Ford added. "But it's just a process for him."

A process that may take more than one year in Stillwater?

"We're putting the cart before the horse right now with the NBA talk," Ford said. "But he has the talent to do it and I hope he has the option, because that means he had a good season -- and probably that we had a good year, also."
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 12:56 pm

Travis Ford crows over the Big 12's survival

By Matt Norlander

Pardon my barb, but Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford must be a bit delusional when he's saying sentences like this one: "Everybody might be wanting to join us."

By "us" he means the Big 12, and by "everybody" he pretty much means Cinci, Louisville and West Virginia. All possibilities and good additions in hoops to the league. (But what to make of this Big East news, breaking today?) Nevertheless, Ford speaks on behalf of basketball, as if it's got one finger in the say of what programs go where.

“Boy, you're talking about an unbelievable basketball league. Just a ridiculous, ridiculous basketball league," Ford said.

A good league. Maybe even very good, depending on the year, and depending on Kansas' national-title prospects. Ridiculous? That's ridiculous.

University presidents and chancellors are not pulling the trigger on inter-conference movement because of the quality of Big 12 basketball. These are moves made with football in mind and will only be made if Missouri makes a degrading statement on the state of the Big 12 by leaving it for the SEC.

Ford spoke to the AP's Jeff Latzke over the weekend, and he sounded downright giddy over the Big 12's survival and imminent dominance that's sure to arrive, at least in his mind.
I think from different teams that I'm hearing and the possibilities, we could have went from a league that was folding to now one of the stronger leagues at the end of the day,” he said.

He's personally glad Oklahoma State didn't end up moving to the Pac-12 as part of a package deal with Oklahoma and possibly Texas and Texas Tech.

“I am for definitely staying in the Big 12 and I wasn't overly excited about going west,” Ford said. “I think the time change could have really played havoc on many levels — game times starting, your kids' body times, getting back time and just everything.”

Ford said he believes a lot of the changes are based on football, but noted the Big 12 has top basketball programs.

With the names floating around, it could only get stronger,” he said.

It still wouldn't be as good as the ACC overall, and the Big Ten could put up a good argument. Not to mention there's a chance the Big East could have a league just as strong, depending on how it reacted to losing those three schools. (If it kept Connecticut and went after Xavier and the like, the Big East would still be plenty formidable.)

But Ford's at one of the most historic basketball schools out there, and he's thrilled to be in a conference that's 10 times more stable than it seemed to be even a month ago. If Missouri goes, most believe the Big 12 is in good position to be even better, to move up to 12 teams. And in that instance, Ford's right: the conference is fat and healthy and better than it was before, when Nebraska and Colorado were paying rent to live in the basement.

But this isn't a league that's going to be elite, and it's not a place where tens of schools are suddenly urging to enter.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 3:39 pm

Toughness comes in small packages at Oklahoma St.

Posted by Eric Angevine

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have one of the smallest backcourts in the nation. Sophomore Ray Penn is a wiry 5'9", but he can put on a serious game face. Keiton Page, a junior, looks like he should be selling band camp candy door-to-door, but he's one of the most important players on the floor for head coach Travis Ford.

"I put a lot of pressure on him,” Ford told NewsOK. “First, because I know he can handle it. And I have huge, high expectations for him."

Don't fret for Page, however. His head coach knows he can take the heat. 

"I know sometimes he's looking at me like, ‘Goodness, what else can I do?'” Ford said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. He's a great player. I know what he means to our team. I'm going to stay on top of him.”

Big, burly players like Marshall Moses and Matt Pilgrim might be the most obvious danger to any visitor to Gallagher-Iba arena, but ignore the little guys at your peril. Page is the Cowboys' second-leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points per game, and he's never going to catch splinters - the 5'10", 165-pounder from Pawnee, OK plays 84 percent of his team's minutes. He takes his fair share of three-pointers, as he showed by draining 5-of-11 from deep to beat Stanford last week, but he's not afraid to go inside and get knocked down, either. Being an 87 percent free throw shooter will do that for a guy.

Penn's stats are similar in every respect, except that the wee Texan is apt to go off for six or seven assists a night and maybe rein in the deep shots a bit. Ford also expects a lot out of his point guard. The team's primary ballhandler was forced to gut out a little pain in a physical game against Alabama on December 18th.

"Ray's cramping out there, wanting a break and he was just worn out,” Ford said. “I said, ‘I can't give you a break. Can't do it.'”

Anyone who's played a pickup game can attest that the smallest guys on the court are often the toughest ballers. With a New Year's Eve game against a big Gonzaga team coming up, followed by a deep dive into the nasty Big 12 schedule, Penn and Page intend to prove that the same is true in Division I.

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