June 19, 2014
|Markel Starks throws tantrum, tuckers himself out and falls asleep right where he lay.|Markel Starks
, Georgetown, Senior, 6'1 175lbs2013/14 stats:
37.0 mpg, 17.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 2.3 rpg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 2.3 TOpg, 2.4 fpg, 41.2% FG, 32.6% 3PT, 87.0% FT
Starks is an extremely solid point guard in all facets of the game, be it as a scorer, playmaker or defender.
As a defender, Starks fouls little and reads plays well, and generally puts forth a decent effort level albeit whilst slightly prone to giving up when beaten. He is small for the position and can be shot over, but it is not for a lack of contesting, and he moves his feet well to try to stay in front, rarely going for the steal. On offense, Starks rather lost his three point stroke last season and struggled to shoot over those bigger than he, which was quite a few. But inside the lane, he is very creative and skilled, with a strong mid-range game. Starks likes to attack the lane and gets there with body control, good feet and a relentless aggression; once there, he finishes fairly well at the basket for a small guard but better from slightly away from it, hitting floaters and runners and shooting pull-up jumpshots very well. Starks is a regular users of screens, and can either drive or pull-up in screen action, as well as being able to do that thing so few collegiate point guards can do and actually hit the roll man. He has great body control, decent speed and runs the break fairly well, and although there are some bad decisions on both passes and jumpshots along the way, Starks nevertheless much improved his IQ throughout his Hoyas career and became a leader of his team. He finds team mates, hits cutters, and has got the speed.
This ultimately is a package that may struggle to translate at the NBA level, due to his size. Starks struggles against bigger guards, and NBA guards are mostly going to be bigger than he is. However, if he gets the pull-up three to the same standard as the pull-up two, he has a chance some day.
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