Basketball tryouts

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I witnessed Charles Crawford got to LEAVE twice in a single evening. Huh!
Couple of stories about Crawford.

Way back in the day (HS), I had an open field tackle against Crawford. He had taken a pitch and was steam rolling my way. Made the tackle (think there was just a collision and I refused to let go) for about a one yard loss but pretty sure I still have a concussion from the collision.

The second, my dad used to be a department director at Cushing. One day he calls me up and asks if I remember Crawford. Told him of course, but why. Apparently he had applied for a job with my dad and his employment history said, "1986-1987, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles". Dad got a kick out of the application having never seen an NFL reference before.
 

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Court #1 at the Annex was for Div. 1 of pick-up basketball in the '80s.

Usually the football players will out muscles the basketball players easily because it was pick-up basketball and poorly organized. Usually the football players held onto the balls and they dictate the game.

"You DUNK you LEAVE!" right on Court #1 and I witnessed Charles Crawford got to LEAVE twice in a single evening. Huh!

I got called-up to play on that Court#1 once when they didn't have enough bodies to fill-up the 5 on 5. my job I guess was to inbound and to pass around.

I cannot forget how DE/DL David Bailey manage to steal my bounce inbound pass under his towering 6-5 frame. I underestimated his quickness and the length of his arms badly. Amazing athlete. I thought he was rehabilitating for a knee injury at that time too???

Good Ole days...
I was an ID checker at the Annex in 93 and 94. I used to try to look the other way on the "you dunk you leave" rule unless it was particularly egregious. Anytime I had to kick anyone out, it would turn into a huge argument.
 

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Was the "No Dunk" rule because of possible damage to the hoop/backboard?? Meaning $$$$ to fix??

Just wondering.

BTW, I was a racquetball player at the Colvin Center. Even played Coach Myron Roderick a game and got my ass kicked good.
 

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Was the "No Dunk" rule because of possible damage to the hoop/backboard?? Meaning $$$$ to fix??

Just wondering.

BTW, I was a racquetball player at the Colvin Center. Even played Coach Myron Roderick a game and got my ass kicked good.
Yep, I'm pretty sure those weren't even break away rims in the Annex back then.
 
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From Mark Cooper...

STILLWATER — After the most difficult week of his second season — complete with two losses, the dismissal of three players and a birthday spent holding an open tryout in hopes of fielding enough players to scrimmage — Mike Boynton was upbeat before Monday’s practice in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

He was excited for a fresh week, with home against against Oklahoma and South Carolina on the horizon. When asked about that tryout, where 49 students participated, he even dropped a reference to the movie “Blue Chips.”

“Certainly wasn’t expecting Neon Boudeaux to show up,” said Boynton, referencing Shaquille O’Neal’s character in the 1994 film. “Would have been nice if Shaq was in there, but he wasn’t.”

It wasn’t a total bust, though. Boynton said Monday OSU had invited five or six participants to practice.

If their eligibility, health and class schedules check out, it’s a group that can help OSU conduct real practices. The Cowboys were down to nine players at the end of last week after Boynton dismissed Michael Weathers, Maurice Calloo and Kentrevious Jones from the team.


“Very, very basic stuff,” he said. “Kind of a semi-practice squad. Help us prepare, give us a look of what we’ll see in the games as much as we can. We certainly don’t expect at this point to go any further than that but we’ll see.”
 
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Here's what I can say about tryouts in general, or more specifically, the people who are *good enough* to even tryout:

When I was going to OSU, from 2000-2004, I played a *ton* of pickup basketball, loved it. I was just good enough to occasionally play on "Court 1", which was considered the toughest competition (football players when football season was over, women's bball players like Trisha Skibbe, *occasionally* the men's team members would play, but rarely (I guess they didn't want to get injured? I don't know.).

Most of the people who played on that court were good. Kind of snobbish a-holes, but I guess that comes with the territory. They were all former high school players. Some were even guys who might've been recruited *at one point* to play for OSU, but I guess didn't cut it, in the end.

I'm assuming these are the guys they'll pursue. Or the people who will think of trying out. They're good, but judging from my abilities at the time, mainly people to have for practice, but guys who wouldn't get actual playing time. Speaking for myself, I would've been absolutely smoked by any team's third stringer. That's how good the starters are.
I agree with your assessments. From 2003-2007, I was in school and played pickup. The quality of pickup bball was very high. When the actual bball players played you noticed a huge difference. The physicality of guys like David Monds was insane, and the speed of the guards was unreal. I even had the privilege of playing on a pickup team with an older Byron Houston who smoked everyone. However, the quality of pickup play slowly deteriorated when I worked for OSU until about 3 years ago. I'm guessing we don't get as many kids that just love basketball because we may not be considered an elite "basketball school" like we were. In all fairness, the physicality of the Big XII has softened as well (maybe due to reffing).
 
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You were there during the Annex years, huh? Gah, that was horrible before the Colvin reopened. I rarely played with the group you were with, but did play a lot up there. I had a similar hoop schedule to Jacob Lacey for a semester, so he and I threw down on the hardwood several times. Nice dude. Super quiet. But he wasn't any better at basketball than I was. And he was so tiny. Its amazing that he made some NFL rosters.
Hated the Annex. HATED IT. Playing on the rubber floor was not fun. I remember the summer before my...junior year, I think?...I stayed in Stillwater and worked for Kicker for the summer, on refurbished subwoofers. I'd go play in the afternoon at the Annex. One time, had some Nike Shox that were bad in their own regard. I rolled my ankle so bad one time, I had to be carried off the court. I partially blame the shoes, but also the court.
 
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I agree with your assessments. From 2003-2007, I was in school and played pickup. The quality of pickup bball was very high. When the actual bball players played you noticed a huge difference. The physicality of guys like David Monds was insane, and the speed of the guards was unreal. I even had the privilege of playing on a pickup team with an older Byron Houston who smoked everyone. However, the quality of pickup play slowly deteriorated when I worked for OSU until about 3 years ago. I'm guessing we don't get as many kids that just love basketball because we may not be considered an elite "basketball school" like we were. In all fairness, the physicality of the Big XII has softened as well (maybe due to reffing).
I'm going to piggyback on your comment.

I worked for the University of Memphis from 2013 to 2016, then my fiance and I moved to Cincinnati for a few years for her fellowship. Anyway, while working at Memphis, I got a membership to the student rec center. One of the first times I played pickup ball, I did a little 3 on 3 game, which had Shaquille Goodwin playing. He was on the other team. Even at 25% speed, he was physically scary.

Also, to your point, the competition didn't seem that great, relatively speaking. I don't know if it's why you said, that UofM wasn't attracting people who loved bball because the team was kinda average. But it stood out as somewhat odd to me.
 
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Hated the Annex. HATED IT. Playing on the rubber floor was not fun. I remember the summer before my...junior year, I think?...I stayed in Stillwater and worked for Kicker for the summer, on refurbished subwoofers. I'd go play in the afternoon at the Annex. One time, had some Nike Shox that were bad in their own regard. I rolled my ankle so bad one time, I had to be carried off the court. I partially blame the shoes, but also the court.
That's crazy. I played on a softball team of mostly Kicker dudes. A good friend is one of their engineers.

Speaking of Annex injuries - I dislocated a finger playing ball over there. I was glad to never step foot in there after the Colvin re-opened!
 
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So is there any chatter whatsoever about any of the football players coming out to play B-ball? Particularly wondering about Taylor Cornelius or Jelani Woods. I'm sure my thoughts are heavily influenced by R W McQuarters and a couple of others who've contributed in the over the years. But, I can't help myself....
 
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So is there any chatter whatsoever about any of the football players coming out to play B-ball? Particularly wondering about Taylor Cornelius or Jelani Woods. I'm sure my thoughts are heavily influenced by R W McQuarters and a couple of others who've contributed in the over the years. But, I can't help myself....
Honestly, I don't really care how the rest of this season transpires. What I want to know is which recruits Boynton is trying to snag, that haven't committed yet.
 
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Woods was injured bad enough that he didn't play the bowl game so he may not be an option and I don't think Corndog is even enrolled and in Stillwater anymore.
 
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I bet there are several on the football team who could at least be on the team.

I attended college on a Track scholarship. One day they had all the football players run a timed quarter mile. All of us sprinters watched thinking this would be fun. Well it turned out that just about all the backs and receivers ran in the low 50 second range.

That is darned good for a non specialist. Typically the best athletes are on the football team.
 
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So is there any chatter whatsoever about any of the football players coming out to play B-ball? Particularly wondering about Taylor Cornelius or Jelani Woods. I'm sure my thoughts are heavily influenced by R W McQuarters and a couple of others who've contributed in the over the years. But, I can't help myself....
Probably too late for Cornelius since he played in the East-West Shrine game. I remember in past years they stated this is/was their first professional game which included perhaps a small payment and other free stuff. Not to mention, I would imagine he has already hired an agent.
 

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Probably too late for Cornelius since he played in the East-West Shrine game. I remember in past years they stated this is/was their first professional game which included perhaps a small payment and other free stuff. Not to mention, I would imagine he has already hired an agent.
You can go pro in a sport and retain amateur status in another. (see Weeden).
 

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So I guess the try-outs were a bust or else we would have heard something by now?
Gotta read something somewhere else.
https://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsex...cle_30fbd424-767c-5247-a88a-9f6446c1260d.html

“Certainly wasn’t expecting Neon Boudeaux to show up,” said Boynton, referencing Shaquille O’Neal’s character in the 1994 film. “Would have been nice if Shaq was in there, but he wasn’t.”

It wasn’t a total bust, though. Boynton said Monday OSU had invited five or six participants to practice.