I’m ranking the OSU basketball squad NBA-style leading up to OSU’s first exhibition affair on November 1 with Ottawa. Use the #OSUrank hashtag on Twitter to join the convo.
Who: Alex Budke (#23)
Why: It’s about as classy a move as a basketball coach can make — inviting the son of a former co-worker to walk on your squad and help a not-very-deep practice squad gain a little depth.
Alex Budke is a transfer from St Gregory’s (NAIA) in Shawnee. There are other walk ons on the 15-man roster, and Budke isn’t even the least accomplished (hi Mason!), but at 6-3 190 lbs. he’s going to have a hard time holding up even though there’s not a single human in the state of Oklahoma not rooting for him.
I mean if he sticks around for a few years and gets a start on senior night…that won’t be emotional, right?
Ford’s fired up to have him too (of course, what isn’t Ford fired up about?):
He obviously is a good player, a kid that understands the game and has been around the game his whole life. He understands what to expect, he’s been around it. He and I have sat down and talked about being a walk-on and understanding that’s not an easy position. He seemed fine with it, and we are obviously happy to have him.
Stats: None (only played 12 games for St. Gregory’s last season)
Reaction (it was fairly hilarious):
— Nick Kyger (@nickkyger) October 8, 2012
@pistolsguy how much trouble do you get in if you put mason #15?
— Kevin Davis (@kevindavis31) October 7, 2012
@pistolsguy Jurrick should be 15
— Brian Raper (@Brianraper) October 7, 2012