Starks Commits Shortly After Visit

The 2010 class is loaded with point guards, and heading into the week of the top 15 point guards six had already committed. Markel Starks became the seventh on Thursday.

Markel Starks is heading from one Georgetown to another.

The North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep standout took a visit to Georgetown University on Wednesday and he returned home ready to make a decision. Thursday afternoon the 6-foot-1 lead man committed to John Thompson's program.

"When you step on that campus you just know," Starks said. "I've been watching them for years and they've been recruiting me. It was just right. A lot of other schools have been recruiting me for a longer time than they did, but it didn't matter. That's the place that I wanted go."

Starks, who is rated No. 54 overall by, had a number of interested parties, but he said his decision ultimately came down to four other schools -- Georgia, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Clemson.

"I went with Georgetown because as a collective group we thought it was the best situation for me academically and athletically," Starks said. "With them being right here was also a big plus. I feel comfortable being at home."

"I talked a lot with coach [Dwayne] Bryant and I actually talked with their coaching staff and they didn't sugar coat anything with me. They were honest with me and got straight to the point. I just overall thought it would be the right place for me."

Georgetown assistant coach David Cox was the point man on Starks' recruitment and the two have a relationship that extends past basketball.

"He's apart of my distant family," Starks said. "I've been knowing coach Cox for years and he's been knowing me for years. Once he came from the University of Pittsburgh, it was just perfect. He jumped right on me. From there it blossomed."

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound lead guard is the first member of the 2010 class to make a verbal commitment to Georgetown.

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