Terps 'In Love With' Local Guard

Though he hasn't received quite the same level of national hype with which a few other local guards in his class have been lavished, many feel Georgetown Prep guard Markel Starks could end up as good as any of them. And it seems the Terps' coaching staff is among that group.

"You'll see a Maryland person and a Georgetown person at almost all of his games," D.C. Blue Devils coach Rob Jackson said of Starks, a gifted sophomore point guard who appears to already have a verbal Maryland offer in his back pocket. "They [the Terps] are in love with him."

Starks is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound combo guard who is averaging 16 points and eight assists per game this season. He can score in a variety of ways and has gotten noticeably stronger since last season.

"He's kind of the Allen Iverson or Baron Davis type of point guard. He has the ability to score, he's great off of the dribble and can drive for the pull-up or got to the basket. He has great court vision. He's the total package, that's for sure," said Georgetown coach Dwayne Bryant.

Starks was part of a local team that won the national AAU championship five years ago, along with current O'Connell sophomore Kendall Marshall, a North Carolina commitment. While Marshall and DeMatha sophomore Josh Selby have seemingly clinched five-star national status, Starks is a bit more under the radar. But he may turn out just as good.

"He's an all-around type of player. If it's a situation where he's got to take over, he can get his own shot," Jackson said. "He'll eventually be a top-20 player."

The question, of course, is whether or not the Terps will be able to overcome the allure of Georgetown for a player who attends Georgetown Prep and is coached by a former Hoya.

"I'm sure that's a school he'll look at, but I think he has interest in all of the schools. We really haven't talked about it very much," Bryant said.

According to Jackson, beating out the Hoyas for Starks "is a work in progress, but I don't think it's impossible. The kid has a great family and is very grounded. I think he'll make whatever decision is best for him."

Starks already holds eight offers, and though Prep coach Dwayne Bryant declined to list the offers, he did give the following list of suitors: Maryland, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Baylor, St. John's, Syracuse, Arizona, Miami and Connecticut.

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