Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 23, 2011 11:07 am
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: November 18, 2011 9:30 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 9:36 am
By Jeff Goodman
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed Thursday - along with two others - in a plane crash while recruiting in Arkansas.
The two other people, including the pilot, were not affiliated with the university.
Budke, 50, a Salina, Kan., native, had been the head coach since 2005 and is married with three children. Serna came to Stillwater with Budke from Louisiana Tech seven years ago.
The Tulsa World reports:
During a recruiting trip, their plane went down in central Arkansas, university spokesman Gary Shutt said. The pilot and one additional passenger – neither of whom was affiliated with OSU – also were killed, Shutt said
“The Oklahoma State family is devastated by this tragedy,” OSU President Burns Hargis said in a statement. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna and the other victims.
This is the second major tragedy involving the Oklahoma State basketball programs.
One of three planes traveling back from a men's basketball game at Colorado back in 2001 crashed in which 10 people were killed.
Budke compiled a record of 112-83 and the team opened the season with a victory over Rice on Sunday. The Cowgirls had been to the postseason each of the past five seasons.
Associate head coach Jim Littell will assume the head coaching duties. The team will not play its scheduled games Saturday and Sunday.
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:37 am
Oklahoma State freshman point guard Cezar Guerrero was always fun to watch. Sure, he was sometimes overly flashy and tried to do too much, but he couldn’t be beat for entertainment value.
On Wednesday night, Guerrero took it to a new level.
Down six with fewer than 15 seconds left against Texas-San Antonio, Guerrero drove the length of the floor and finished a 3-point play. He proceeded to steal the inbounds pass and knock down a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
Overall, Guerrero came off the bench to knock down eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points to help lead the Cowboys to a 90-85 win.
As Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi tweeted: “It looks like Cezar Guerrero is going full-on Cezar Guerrero right now.”
Video: Pistols Firing
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:27 am
By Gary Parrish
The United States Basketball Writers Association announced on Thursday its 12 preseason candidates for the Wayman Tisdale Award that annually honors the nation's top freshman. Three of the 12 -- Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague -- play at Kentucky.
The full list is as follows:
Sullinger is the CBSSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year this season.
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:01 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 5:13 pm
Oklahoma State freshman Cezar Guerrero has been released from an Oklahoma City hospital after being taken there as a precautionary measure, a source told CBSSports.com.
Guerrero was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Oklahoma City after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice on Monday.
It's been a rough last month for Guerrero, who had his apartment broken into a couple of weeks ago, per a source. He shares the apartment with redshirt freshman Michael Cobbins, and they had some electronics taken. Police have not charged anyone in the crime.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 12:56 pm
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.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.
Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 5:23 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
The grad-student loophole is gaining popularity. Even the steady recruiting machine at the University of Kansas is considering adding a refurbished gear next season.
Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World says 6-foot-7 forward Andre Walker, who has graduated from Vanderbilt with a year of eligibility remaining, is considering Kansasamongst a handful of schools vying for the rights to his final tour of duty.
With both Morris brothers headed for the NBA, the Jayhawks took a major hit in the areas of size and experience in the frontcourt. Reserve Thomas Robinson is expected to flourish in a starting role next season, but the team is looking for depth and support at the forward position. Walker is clearly more of a backup option rather than a star, but his size and experience, as well as his ability to pass out of the post, must be coveted by KU head coach Bill Self. The Jayhawks recently struck out in an attempt to nab La Salle transfer Aaric Murray, a 6-10 post player who will instead sit out a season at West Virginia before getting back on the floor.
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 12:26 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. – Because of a flight delay, the Dwight Howard Warriors did not arrive at Ravenscroft School (N.C.) until nearly 10 p.m. last Friday at the Tournament of Champions. Despite the late tip time, there were still plenty of media and scouts in attendance, with many staying to watch Solomon Poole, one of the top-25 players in the class of 2013.
As the game went on, and Poole continued to miss outside shots, people began to question his ranking. With the clock winding down, though, Poole reminded everyone why he is so highly touted.
Down one to the Charlotte Nets, Poole put up a stepback jumper that splashed through the net as time expired. That one play demonstrated his quickness, strength and scoring ability, and how tough he is to stop when it all comes together.
It might have been enough to make people forget his early struggles.
“I just focused,” Poole said of the way he bounced back. “I knew I had to keep going. I knew my teammates would pick me up.”
Poole, a 6-foot-1 combo guard from Terry Parker (Fla.), is the younger brother of Kentucky’s Stacey Poole and the son of former Florida standout Stacey Poole Sr. The basketball bloodlines are hard to miss when gauging Poole’s natural talent. He is a big-time scorer who finishes tremendously well in traffic and controls his body effectively in the lane. Poole can beat his man off the dribble and is strong enough to pull-up in the mid-range against defenders. While inconsistent from 3-point range, Poole does have range behind the arc.
Because of his size, though, Poole might have to play the one at the next level, and he knows it.
“I need to work on my pace,” he said. “I need to work on changing speeds.”
A long list of schools are courting the talented sophomore. Poole and his AAU coach, Antwain Tennell, rattled off offers from local schools Central Florida and South Florida, as well as Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Providence, North Carolina, Arizona, Memphis, Florida and Oklahoma State are all showing interest.
Decision time is a long way away for Poole, but he knows what he’s looking for in a school.
“First, academics. You can’t get anywhere without that,” Poole said. “And a coach that makes you better. I want him to tell me what I’m doing wrong.”
Based on the way he makes adjustments during the game, though, it seems Poole is getting by just fine on his own.