Ford Stuen, the nephew of Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Travis Ford, could be joining the Oklahoma State team — though it was not confirmed by OSU in what capacity.
Stuen sent a tweet on his account @Ford_5 around 11 p.m. Tuesday stating “Proud to announce I’m going to be a part of the Oklahoma State basketball family. Go Cowboys! #OkState #OrangePower.”
Sources at OSU were unable to confirm whether Stuen would be joining the “family” as a player for the team — receiving a scholarship or walking on to the squad — or if he will join in some other capacity.
Stuen, a 6-foot-2 guard from Henderson, Ky., played last year at the IMG Basketball Academy — a prep school in Bradenton, Fla. IMG alumni include countless NBA players — such as Vince Carter, Chauncey Billups and Brendan Haywood — as well as Oklahoma State signee Kamari Murphy and ex Cowboy player Teeng Akol.
The tweet comes a week after former Stillwater High basketball player Alex Budke, son of the late OSU women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, announced on Twitter that he was going to attempt to walk-on at Oklahoma State: “Might as well make it official.. I will Be transferring to Oklahoma State next year in an attempt to walk on the basketball team #cominghome.”
Budke played at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee as a freshman last year.