March 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior men's basketball player Markel Starks (Accokeek, Md./Georgetown Prep) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday. It is the fourth time in the last six weeks Starks has been named to the honor roll.
The Hoyas, seeded seventh in next week's BIG EAST Tournament, will play No. 10 seed DePaul (11-20, 3-15) on Wednesday, March 12 at 9 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 and can be heard locally on ESPN 980 AM.
Georgetown closed out the regular season on Saturday with a 17-13 overall record and an 8-10 mark in the BIG EAST following a loss at sixth-ranked Villanova on Saturday. The Hoyas have three wins over top 10-ranked teams this season and five wins over top-50 teams, second-most in the BIG EAST and as many as 14 teams ranked in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll.
In two games last week, Starks averaged 18.5 points and 7.0 assists while connecting on 50.0 percent of his field goals. He scored 18 points and handed out a career-high 11 assists in a 75-63 win over No. 9 Creighton last Tuesday and then scored 20 points in a loss at Villanova Saturday.
On Monday, Starks was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team in a vote among the league's coaches. It was the second all-league honor for Starks, who was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team last season. Starks being named to the First Team marks the fifth-straight year a Georgetown player has been named to that team, following Greg Monroe (2009-10), Austin Freeman (2010-11), Jason Clark (2011-12) and Otto Porter Jr. (2012-13).
A two-year captain, Starks leads the team in scoring and assists, averaging 17.1 points and 4.1 assists. He ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring, is seventh in the league in assists, fifth in free throw percentage (85.9%), 13th in three-point field goals made (1.7), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7, 122 assists,71 turnovers) and second in minutes played (36.8). Overall this season, he has played 91.2 percent of the team's minutes (1,104-of-1,210) played.
Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career last month, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,188 points in 123 games (a 9.7 per game average) and needs five more points to pass Merlin Wilson ('76) for 29th all-time. Starks also ranks seventh all-time in three-point field goals made (158), sixth in three-point attempts (438), 20th in three-point percentage (36.1%), 11th in free throw percentage (80.3%) and 21st all-time in assists (287).