Junior Starks Headed West

Ahmad Starks, a junior out of Chicago, is headed West. The 5-foot-8 point man picked Oregon State on Tuesday.

Ahmad Starks isn't just the latest Oregon State commitment. From the sound of it, he feels like a member of the staff.

"I heard that Joe Burton from California committed," Starks said. "I'm working on a lot of other players from the Chicago area like Sam Thompson who was down on a visit with me. Maybe Mike Shaw and Lenzelle Smith and see what we can do."

Starks, a 5-foot-8 point guard out of Whitney Young, picked the Beavers after hearing from Northwestern, UIC and Virginia. He averaged 10 points a game coming off the bench for a loaded high school team as a sophomore.

For Starks, the connections to the staff at Oregon State run deep. "My father has known Coach Robinson for a few years now. It's just that I like the Pac-10, period. It's my favorite conference. Given the opportunity to go out West and play against those teams, in that league, it was the right decision.

"At first it was a strong interest. The offer came a week or two after showing the interest. The offer came like I would be the big man on campus. I would help recruit for the team and start as a freshman. I can recruit for the program and I'd be right up under Coach Robinson to help lead the program to bigger and better things."

It's refreshing to hear a high school junior talk about his new school with a sense of pride and urgency. It's not about him, it's about getting better and moving things forward in Corvallis. In short, he talks the way you'd want a point guard to speak.

"I hope with this commitment I can help myself and Oregon State get bigger and better things for the future."


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