Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/29/13
The Illini got one up on the Beavers tonight. Another point guard defects from the Pac 12 to the Big Ten. Oregon State transfer Ahmad Starks committed to the Illini and John Groce on Tuesday night. Starks is a native Chicagoan (Whitney Young H.S.) coming home to the state school. He could become eligible next season with a waiver. Yes, Groce has the Illini program on a recruiting roll. At least certainly from a transfer perspective. Starks left OSU to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Chicago. Starks averaged 10.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals as a junior this past season, while also shooting 39% from beyond the arc. However, he does have some Demetri McCamey in him. By that I mean he’s a ball hog with poor shot selection. But he could give the Illini some much needed depth at the one behind Tracy Abrams. If he’s not eligible next year than it’s Simeon Wolverines floor general Jaylon Tate taking over at PG2. Starks is the 4th Illini transfer since the end of the season. Illinois State junior forward Jon Ekey, Seton Hall sophomore guard Aaron Cosby and Western Michigan freshman forward Darius Paul (little brother of Brandon Paul) also recently opted to transfer to the Illini program. Don’t forget Rayvonte Rice is coming in next year too. So the Illini will have more turnover than a bakery. Lots of guys leaving, but a lot of new Illini coming in as well. Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net. He’s also an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook The post Illini pick up PG transfer from BEAVERS appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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