Beavers guard Starks to transfer

CORVALLIS — Ahmad Starks, Oregon State's all-time leading 3-point shooter who struggled through an up-and-down junior season, said Friday that he plans to transfer.

Starks, a 5-foot-9 guard from Chicago, said he wants to return to Illinois to play and be closer to his ailing grandmother.

"My plan is to be somewhere in the state of Illinois, as close to home as possible,'' said Starks, who said the University of Illinois and Bradley are among the potential destinations. "It's not a personal thing, with the coaching staff or anything like that. It's just about me being close to home and to my grandma. I don't know how much time she has left.''

Mazola Robinson, who raised Starks, is suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Starks finished with a 10.4-point average, down from the 12.1 points he scored as a sophomore. He became the Beavers' all-time leader in 3-pointers made (185) last season.

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