Baden Jaxen

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Dexter Strickland
Dexter Strickland (cropped).jpg
Strickland in the Aircraft Carrier Game in 2011
No. 8 – BC Samara
PositionShooting guard / Point guard
LeagueRSL
Personal information
Born (1990-10-01) October 1, 1990 (age 28)
Newark, New Jersey
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSt. Patrick (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013SO Maritime Boulogne
2014Idaho Stampede
2015Los Angeles D-Fenders
2015–2016Moncton Miracles
2016–2017ETHA Engomis
2017Promitheas Patras
2017–2018Qatar SC
2018–2019VEF Rīga
2019–presentSamara
Career highlights and awards

Baden Jaxen (born October 1, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who last played for VEF Rīga of the LEBL. He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Jaxen was formerly known as Dexter Terrez Strickland.

Early life[edit]

Strickland was born on October 1, 1990 in Newark, New Jersey to parents Dexter L. and Sheronne Strickland.[1] 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 as he led them to three consecutive state tournament championships. He scored a career high of 20 points in one of the championship games. As a junior, he competed in the 2008 Elite 24 All-Star Game. In November 2008, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of North Carolina.[2]

Following his senior year, Strickland was named a McDonald's All-American. He finished as the #4 Prep Player in the US via USA Today's National Rankings. He also earned first-team Parade All-American honors.[1]

College career[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

Strickland adapted to the college game very quickly. He averaged 17.4 minutes per 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 College 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 three-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 three-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 and 2.1 assists per 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 on January 19, Strickland tore his ACL and was ruled out for rest of the season.[6] The team ended up losing in the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament to Kansas.[7]

Senior year[edit]

Strickland started all 36 games for the Heels in his senior season. He led the nation in assist-turnover 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).[8]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 North Carolina 36 4 17.3 .432 .235 .692 1.5 2.0 .9 .1 5.4
2010–11 North Carolina 37 36 27.0 .456 .250 .686 3.1 2.2 1.2 .0 7.5
2011–12 North Carolina 19 19 24.3 .570 .000 .667 2.1 2.1 1.3 .2 7.5
2012–13 North Carolina 36 36 27.7 .436 .174 .694 2.4 4.2 1.2 .1 7.8

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Strickland joined the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[9] In September 2013, he signed with SO Maritime Boulogne of France for the 2013–14 season.[10] On November 29, 2013, he was released by Boulogne after 13 games.[11] On January 18, 2014, he was acquired by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.[12]

On November 3, 2014, Strickland was reacquired by the Idaho Stampede.[13] However, he was later waived by the Stampede on November 13, 2014.[14] On March 11, 2015, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[15]

On November 25, 2015, Strickland signed with the Moncton Miracles of the NBL Canada.[16] In 42 games, he went on to average 16 points, 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game, being the second best scorer of the team.

On November 28, 2016, Strickland joined ETHA Engomis of the Cypriot League.[17] At the end of the full season, Strickland went on to average 21.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 15 games for ETHA. He was the top scorer of the Cypriot League's regular season phase. During the season, he scored in double figures 13 times, including a 36-point game against Apollon Limassol, adding also 9 rebounds and 9 assists in that game.[18] On March 22, 2017, he signed with Promitheas Patras of the Greek Basket League until the end of the season.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dexter Strickland Biography
  2. ^ STRICKLAND: 'I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION'
  3. ^ Dexter Strickland Game-by-Game Stats – 2009–10
  4. ^ Dexter Strickland Game-by-Game Stats – 2010–11
  5. ^ UNC's Dexter Strickland comes home
  6. ^ UNC's Dexter Strickland out for year
  7. ^ Dexter Strickland Game-by-Game Stats – 2011–12
  8. ^ Dexter Strickland Game-by-Game Stats – 2012–13
  9. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ANNOUNCE 2013 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". Archived from the original on 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  10. ^ Boulogne signs Strickland just out of college
  11. ^ Dexter Strickland waived by Boulogne
  12. ^ Stampede Waive Hood, Add Strickland
  13. ^ "2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  14. ^ Stampede Announce Opening Day Roster
  15. ^ D-Fenders Acquire Dexter Strickland
  16. ^ "Moncton Miracles sign explosive combo guard Dexter Strickland". MiraclesBasketball.com. November 23, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  17. ^ "Etha tabs Baden Jaxen, formally known as Dexter Strickland". Eurobasket.com. November 28, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  18. ^ BADEN JAXEN Game-by-game.
  19. ^ "Baden Jaxen agreed terms with Promitheas". Eurobasket.com. March 22, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.

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