Oregon State Beavers' Stark Plug? Ahmad Starks Is Ready to Play

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2010

If you haven't heard the name Ahmad Starks, you will.

If you've taken notice of any of my latest articles you might see a trending topic here, and it continues with Ahmad Starks. I'm going to be following Ahmad as he heads to Oregon St., playing basketball in the Pac-10 conference.

On the court, Starks is a winner. He has been that way since his high school days at Whitney Young where he was a big time player. In his senior year, this past season, during the Illinois 4A semi-final playoffs Ahmad took, but, more importantly, made a game winning shot to beat Waukegan high school—a team led by future Illinois swingman Jereme Richmond. 

Ahmad is also an electric player, using his speed and dribbling skills to get in and out of lanes, and change directions. He's also got moves that make him a lethal scorer whether he was inside or outside the paint.

I can sit here and praise Ahmad for his wonderful playing skills, but it takes a lot to leave Chicago and go to Oregon St. It's definitely not a bad move, but it's a bold move and I know Ahmad wouldn't have made that decision without knowing what is best for him.

Playing Pac-10 basketball is what is best for him, and I will begin to follow Ahmad on and off the court for the Oregon St. Beavers. 

One thing to keep in mind; Ahmad is a competitor, and that translates to his personality.

Once again, we hope to get game footage, workout footage, and interviews with Ahmad, but stay tuned because what he does off the court is as important as what he does on it.

He will be the "Starks Plug," and I'll make sure to let you guys know everything that you should know about this terrific young man.