Dexter Strickland: Mature Beyond Years

All you need to do is talk to Dexter Strickland to see that the St. Patrick (N.J.) sophomore wing is mature beyond his years. Then when you watch him on the court it's even more apparent that he's got a chance to be a special player.

He looks you straight in the eye, gives a firm handshake, smiles and responds with "yes, sir" or "no, sir".

Dexter Strickland has it – and that's not even taking into account what he does on the court.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound St. Patrick (N.J.) sophomore wing has a maturity well beyond his years – both on and off the court.

On the court, the 16-year-old is capable of putting up 20 points in any given game. He showed that this past summer. However, on his high school team, Strickland is more than content with more versatile role that includes less points and more of everything else.

``You have to on a team with Jeff Robinson and Corey (Fisher)," Strickland said. "In the summer, it's just me and Paris Bennett, so they need me to score more."

Strickland said he needs to work on all aspects of his game and while he's right, his game is still much further ahead of most kids his age. He shoots it well, can get to the basket, is capable of getting double-digit rebounds and most impressive, he has a terrific feel for the game and lets the game come to him.

``He can score in a lot of different ways," St. Pat's coach Kevin Boyle said. "He's a good shooter and is hard to stop because he can get to the basket."

``He has a chance to be a great player," added Boyle. "He's like Dewayne Wade. He has a chance to develop into something special."

Strickland said his dream school is North Carolina, but his current favorite is probably Michigan State. He also mentioned Villanova, Rutgers and UConn.


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