Strickland in the Aircraft Carrier Game in 2011
|Shooting guard / Point guard|
October 1, 1990 |
Rahway, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||St. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)|
|College||North Carolina (2009–2013)|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
Dexter Terrez Strickland (born October 1, 1990) is an American college basketball player for the University of North Carolina men's basketball team. Strickland is a 6 ft., 3in., 185 lb. combo guard. His parents are Dexter, Sr. and Sheronne.
Dexter Strickland was born on October 1, 1990 in Rahway, New Jersey. He attended the St. Patrick schooling system, all the way through his senior year of high school. Strickland was a standout guard in high school, where he led them to three consecutive state tournament championships. Strickland scored a career high of 20 points in one of the championship games. At the end of his senior year, he was asked by the McDonald's All-American Game committee to play in the All-American game. During the previous year he played in the 2008 Elite 24 All-Star game of Harlem. He finished as the #4 Prep Player in the US via USA Today's National Rankings. He was also admitted to the first team of All-American Honors players. At the end of his senior year he signed a contract to play for North Carolina.
Strickland adapted to NCAA basketball very quickly. He averaged 17.4 minutes a game playing alternately as a point guard and shooting guard. He also started four games. He had many great games but some of his most celebrated were during the NIT Tournament where he put up 7 points and assisted twice against the University of William and Mary. The next game, against Rhode Island, he scored 7 points and had three assists. He also excelled against Mississippi State where he scored 8 points and didn't turn the ball over once. He had a career high of 17 points in the Heels' game against Clemson and finished third on his team with thirty-three(33).
Strickland was a starting guard during the 2010/11 season, also acquiring a new number - #1 instead of #5 from his freshman year. He averaged 7.5 points per game, shooting 25% from 3 point range and 45.6% from the deuce. He averaged 3.1 rebounds per game. He also set a new career high with 19 points in a game against William and Mary, surpassing his previous career-high of 14 points. His contributions helped North Carolina advance to the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.
Strickland once again started at shooting guard during his junior season in which the Tar Heels began ranked #1 in the country. He averaged 7.5 points per game on 57% shooting, only attempting and missing one three pointer. He also recorded 2.1 rebounds a game and 2.1 assists a game, both season highs came against Mississippi Valley State when he had 6 rebounds and 6 assists. During an ACC road game at Virginia Tech, Strickland tore his ACL and was out for the season. The team ended up losing in the elite eight of the NCAA tournament to Kansas.