STILLWATER – The phone continued to ring before it led to a voicemail.
Trey Reeves was trying to call his father, Bryant Reeves, to let him know he had just received a full scholarship. The junior on Oklahoma State’s basketball team walked on where his father, who earned the nickname “Big Country,” was a former All-American. But Bryant Reeves didn’t pick up the phone because he didn’t have a signal.
By the time he stopped working and got a signal, Cowboy coach Mike Boynton was able to text Bryant Reeves to tell him the news. Trey Reeves was now on scholarship for the 2018-19 season.
“I didn’t give Trey Reeves anything,” Boynton said. “Trey Reeves earned that. He embodies everything we want in a Cowboy basketball player in terms of who he is as a person. He represents everything that we come out here with these shirts on every single day. He commands the respect of his teammates by the way he works. He’s been here going a full three years, has yet to get less than an A in a class.
“It means something, and no one cares more about being able to put that jersey on every day than he does, so to have an opportunity to reward that was a no-brainer in terms of the availability and no one’s more deserving of that than he is.”
Trey Reeves impact isn’t always felt on the court, but he’s OK with that.
He’s always first off the bench congratulating teammates, offering high fives and applauding when things are done well on the court. His voice beckons throughout OSU’s practice gym, calling out defensive coverages or helping younger players get in position when something isn’t quite right.
Trey Reeves has played only 34 minutes during his time at OSU, scoring one bucket and grabbing five rebounds. So it came as a surprise to him when he received in scholarship in a practice on Friday.
“It came out of nowhere,” Trey Reeves said. “It caught me completely off guard. I thought we were doing something for maybe a donor or somebody else close to the program.”
Before and sometimes after each OSU practice, Trey Reeves usually gives a Thought of the Day with his coaches and teammates.
Following OSU’s walkthrough Friday, Boynton held sheets of paper and called up the Cowboy captains to read a sentence off each. Cameron McGriff, Thomas Dziagwa and Lindy Waters each walked up and spoke before Boynton called Trey Reeves.
His coach’s face remained stoic as Trey Reeves walked to him. As he turned and stood next to Boynton’s right shoulder, Trey Reeves completed the special message.
“We would like to proudly announce that Trey Reeves is now on full scholarship…” he said before teammates engulfed him.
“They took me down there towards the end,” Trey Reeves said. “I stayed up for a while but couldn’t hold my own for too long.”
Reeves was the one of two Cowboys who were available to not play in their 66-64 loss at Charlotte to open the season Saturday. OSU (0-1) opens its home slate Wednesday against UTSA, who is coming off a loss against Oklahoma on Monday.
Trey Reeves said after a strong first half, OSU’s defensive effort faded down the stretch in the opener. He is looking forward to starting the home slate and said his role is to make sure everyone is ready to play the next game.
“Always try to keep spirits up,” Trey Reeves said. “Always try to keep a positive outlook on things. As bad as that was, the sun comes out the next day. We get to play basketball again at Oklahoma State, what more could you want?”