Oregon State point guard Ahmad Starks‘ grandmorther is apparently quite ill and as a result, he is considering transferring to Illinois to be closer to her. My best wishes go out to the Starks’ family and I hope that a situation can be resolved that all will be content with.
Starks is from Chicago originally until he went to Oregon State for school. He averaged 10.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 assists last season, and was lethal from three point range.
“I’m really close to her,” said Starks to ESPN.”She’s been with me ever since I was about 5. When my parents were starting up their business back in the day, I was always with her. She’s raised me my whole life. It’s really tough to see here getting worse and worse. Even the last two visits, she’s had trouble remembering me. It’s really tough to see. It’s tough being away from her.”
Illinois’ only other point guard next year will be Jaylon Tate who has played with Jabari Parker the last four seasons at Simeon Career Academy.
“I definitely want to be as close as possible to home, and I want to further my career as well,” Starks said. “I’m going to be playing basketball in the future. I have to think about that. Those two are good basketball schools, good programs, good school environments. They’re close to home. I have connections there. The conversations I’ve had, they both want/need a veteran point guard to kind of help them out in that area, handle the ball, shoot the ball, control the team. I think I can provide that for both programs.”
Again my best wishes go out to Starks and his grandmother; this is never an easy situation to encounter.