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Former Rebel Basketball star Todd Starks experiences more success on college level, now looking towards the pros

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Tood Stark cutout

Todd Starks seems to have a habit of joining a basketball team and making it championship caliber.
Back in 2008, Starks transferred to Tipton-Rosemark Academy midway through his senior year and the Rebels basketball season. And along with Head Coach Dan Martin and teammates like Jacob Arnett, Michael Gordon and Aaron Cox guided the Rebels to a State runner-up finish, losing to Harding Academy in overtime.
And just recently Starks was a part of best Lindenwood University team helping the Lynx come its closest to a NAIA national championship. The 6’1 shooting guard made headlines while at TRA and now he’s one of the featured athletes in Belleville, Ill.
“Now, I am currently finishing up my senior year and season as the starting point guard for their program,” Starks said. “We just lost our final game in the national tournament to Southern Virginia in which I had 29 points but then won our consolation game against St. Joseph’s University Brooklyn 81-74 in which I scored 32 points.
“Our team finished with a 27-5 record, the best season record in the short three-year history of the program,” he added. “This year I averaged 24.6 points per game, 5 assists and 3 rebounds.
Starks shot more than 80 percent from the free throw line, and made more than 100 threes at a 40 percent rate. Some of best performances included setting the school’s record this past season making 11 three-pointers in a 37-point performance.
Later in the season Stark had another record-breaking output, setting the Lindenwood single game scoring record with 41 points in a game vs. Logan College. He become the first player in the history of the program to score more 1,000 points.
“I also became a first team USCAA All-American this year for the second year in a row after earning those honors last season as well,” Starks noted. “I currently serve as the team’s all time leading scorer, scoring more than 1,500 points in my tenure there.”
Before Starks joined Lindenwood, his college basketball career started on the Division I level at Idaho State. With his sharp dribbling skills, accurate shot, solid defense and success at TRA, Starks drew a lot attention from college scouts upon his high school graduation.
“That magical run I had with Rosemark actually helped shape my great basketball career because it served as the starting point of my gifts and talents coming to the surface,” he said. “And I really got me noticed by a lot of people helping me get to my preferred walk-on spot at Idaho State. And my leadership role here at Lindenwood University, that magical run still serves as one of the best moments I’ve ever had in my life.”
Starks said as he traveled across the nation playing basketball, he has been proud to tell people he hails from the Memphis area and played for the TRA Rebels.
“It’s actually an honor but yet awkward feeling because when I tell people that I attended Tipton-Rosemark Academy my senior year nobody really believes,” he said. “That I actually went there and led that team to a State championship appearance along with Jake. But I love the reactions I get from fellow basketball players I meet who are originally from Memphis as well because it shows me that that run back in 2008 with the Rebels was truly magical.”
Now with his college basketball career complete, Starks has a desire to go to the next level.
“My coaches and I are getting together in hopes of furthering my basketball career at the professional level,” Starks concluded. “But if that does not work out, I have taken the Law School Admissions Test in February in hopes of attending law school if my original plan does not work with hopes of being a sports attorney when my basketball playing days are over.”
To check out Starks college basketball career, visit http://belleville.lindenwood.edu/athletics/ or  theuscaa.com

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