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Starks says it all with his play

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Georgetown Prep guard Markel Starks' 28-point performance in Tuesday's 71-63 victory over Bullis was the way in which Starks dominated the game.

With a quiet confidence, Starks continually drove to the basket, exhorted his teammates to keep shooting and generally exuded an air of confidence without forcing things at either end of the court.

"He had 28 points?" Bullis Coach Bruce Kelley asked.

"He probably didn't even take 15 shots," Georgetown Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant said.

Actually, Starks took exactly 15 shots, making eight even though he missed his final five three-point attempts. The Georgetown recruit also had seven rebounds and five assists and showed a newfound ability to let the game come to him.

"From watching old games with my parents, I've matured every year in some facet of the game," said Starks, who is averaging 26 points per game. "This year, I wanted to be more poised. At the next level, the point guards who are more erratic don't get it done."

Getting a bit bigger physically also has helped. The 6-foot-2 senior began the season weighing 180 pounds but now is down to 175 from the grind of playing nearly the entire game every time out; he said he weighed 168 pounds at this time last year. That has been important as Starks repeatedly fends off double-teams and gimmick defenses.

"He couldn't be playing better," Bryant said. "The fact he's averaging that many [points] and only averaging 15.5 shots a game is mindboggling to me. That is something we talked a lot about, that we knew he was going to get double- and triple-teamed but he didn't have to try to get 30 shots a game."

By Josh Barr  | January 7, 2010; 5:50 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball, Georgetown, Georgetown Prep, Markel Starks  
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