Although there are several months before the 2019-20 college basketball season, it’s time to begin the player outlooks for the starting five, concluding with T.J. Starks
Texas A&M Basketball has few guarantees heading into the 2019-20 season, with T.J. Starks being perhaps the most unpredictable starter.
The most talented player on the Aggies roster, Starks had a very good 2018-19 season before going down with a season-ending injury. Starks produced the biggest highlight of the season for the Aggies with a buzzer-beater to down Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
On the season, Starks averaged 12 points and four assists per game, playing in 27 games. Starks expects to be the starting point guard for Texas A&M in 2019-20.
For Starks, the biggest key will be to stay healthy. If he can play in every game, the Aggies will be in good shape, as Starks is their most polished and consistent scorer. Additionally, if Starks can improve his production to around 15 points and five assists per game, Starks could become an All-SEC team candidate.
If Starks can step up as a bonafide star in his junior season, there’s a chance that the Aggies can compete to make the NCAA Tournament. Talent-wise, Starks is one of the better players in the SEC, but it will boil down to if he can stay on the court.
Personally, I would peg Starks as a dark house SEC player of the year candidate. For his first time in an Aggies uniform, Starks will be the primary ball-handler and scorer and as long as he can stay on the court, he should be able to vastly improve his statistics.
Texas A&M fans have been waiting for Starks to rise to stardom and this season might just be the season where we finally see it happen. Ball-dominant guards have flourished under new coach Buzz Williams and Starks has the table set for a breakout 2019-20 season.