Starks to transfer say reports

ERIC MORELAND MAY be staying but the same reportedly can't be said for Ahmad Starks. The Oregon State junior point guard according to has received his release and will transfer closer to his home in Chicago in order to be near his ailing grandmother.

Ahmad Starks, who averaged 10.4 points per game last season, down from 12.1 the year before, will apply for a medical hardship waiver due to the health of his grandmother, said the report.

Another report, this one by the Peoria Journal Star, said Starks has mentioned Bradley or Illinois as possible destinations.

Starks played at Chicago's Whitney Young High, leading his team to the Class 4A state title in 2009 when current BU assistant Ronald Coleman was an assistant at the high school.

Starks is Oregon State's all-time leading 3-point shooter.

But Starks struggled at times last year and there were reports that he and the OSU coaching staff were at odds. His streak of 62 consecutive starts ended after Starks went scoreless in the game before.

He saw fewer minutes last season but he remained the Beavs' main point guard. OSU now loses that veteran experience. Hallice Cooke this upcoming season will join returning guards Roberto Nelson and Challe Barton, along with swingmen Langston Morris-Walker and Victor Robbins.

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