Stillwater News Press

July 15, 2013

Youth camp special for former Poke Keiton Page

By Jason Elmquist
jelmquist@stwnewspress.com

STILLWATER, Okla. — It wasn’t too long ago that Keiton Page was traveling across the state taking part in basketball camps that eventually led to him getting a chance to become one of the best Oklahoma State players in history.

Now, instead of doing the learning, Page is doing the teaching.

His recent stop for summer youth camps around Oklahoma landed him in Morrison — just a short drive from the high school gym in Pawnee where he made a name for himself at the prep level and the OSU campus where he finished in the top 10 in points and set the program mark for 3-pointers.

“This is where I developed it all when I was younger, started going to camps when I was 3 or 4 years old and was going to cage camps at Oklahoma Christian when my brother attended college and a lot of the stuff we’re doing here is what I learned there,” Page said. “It’s just something I had fun doing when I was younger. This was my summer vacations. It’s what we always did, going to basketball camps. So I’m just trying to teach these kids some of the things that I learned at an early age that helped get me started.”

With Page being so close to home, his popularity was very much apparent — even more than a year removed from his last game at OSU — with area youth clamoring around the ex-Cowboy and asking for autographs after the three-hour camp.

“Being from Pawnee and then going to OSU, some of these kids live 10 or 12 miles from me and have gotten to watch me on TV — getting to watch my high school games or later my college games,” Page said. “So to come here and interact with them is a neat deal for them. That’s one of the things that we talked about before doing these camps that the No. 1 thing we wanted to do was make it fun for these kids.”

The camp has extra meaning for the former Cowboy who now works on the OSU coaching staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, as he gets to work with his father — David Page, who coaches at Pawnee — and his brother, Brady, who coaches at Hennessey.

“It means a lot getting my brother down here to help and having my dad here. We’ve got the whole family together doing this,” Keiton Page said. “Like I said, this is what we did when we were younger. So it’s really neat to get us all back together and get to do some of the things we did when we were younger.”

The camp, which began Monday at the Morrison Event Center, runs through Wednesday morning.