Dexter Strickland

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Dexter Strickland
Dexter Strickland (cropped).jpg
Strickland in the Aircraft Carrier Game in 2011
No. 17 – Idaho Stampede
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA D-League
Personal information
Born (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 23)
Rahway, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school St. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
College North Carolina (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013 SO Maritime Boulogne
2014–present Idaho Stampede

Dexter Terrez Strickland (born October 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

College career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

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. Strickland scored in double figures five times, tallying 12 points vs. Texas, 18 vs. Rutgers (a season high), 17 at Clemson, 14 at NC State, and 11 against NC State at home. He also played well during the NIT Tournament, beginning with 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists against the University of William and Mary. He followed that up with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists (with no turnovers) against Mississippi State, then 8 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists against UAB. The next game, he scored 6 points, collected 2 rebounds, had three assists (with no turnovers) and stole the ball twice in UNC's 1-point win over Rhode Island. On the season Strickland finished third on the Tar Heels with thirty-three steals.[3]

Sophomore year[edit]

Strickland was a starting guard during the 2010/11 season, starting 36 games and also acquiring a new number - #1 instead of #5 from his freshman year. He averaged 7.5 points in 27.0 minutes per game, shooting 25% from 3 point range and 45.6% from the field. He averaged 3.1 rebounds per game and led the Tar Heels with 46 steals, including 4 against Marquette in the Sweet 16. He also set a new career high with 19 points in a game against William and Mary, surpassing his previous career-high of 18 points. Strickland made 8 of 12 field goals in that game, including hitting both shots he took from 3-point range and making his only free throw. His contributions helped North Carolina advance to the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.[4] [5]

Junior year[edit]

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 (highest on the team), 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 to go with 13 points. 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.[6]

Senior year[edit]

Strickland started all 36 games for the Heels in his senior season. He led the nation in assist-error ratio (3.19) and was fifth in the ACC in assists (143 total, 4.2 per game). He averaged 7.8 points per game and 27.9 minutes per game (both career highs), and posted his first career double double against ECU with 12 points and 10 assists (a career high).[7]

College career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 UNC 36 4 17.3 .432 .235 .692 1.5 2.0 0.9 0.1 5.4
2010–11 UNC 37 36 27.0 .456 .250 .686 3.1 2.2 1.2 0.0 7.5
2011–12 UNC 19 19 24.3 .570 .000 .667 2.1 2.1 1.3 .2 7.5
2012–13 UNC 36 36 27.7 .436 .174 .694 2.4 4.2 1.2 .1 7.8

Source:[8] [9]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Strickland joined the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[10] He later signed with SO Maritime Boulogne of France for the 2013–14 season. In November 2013, he left Boulogne after 13 games. On January 18, 2014, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.[11]

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