Strickland: 'I Made The Right Decision'

It's been a long process, but Dexter Strickland is ready to officially end it. The athletic combo guard out of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick will sign his National Letter of Intent to North Carolina on Wednesday.

"I'm ready to end [the process]," Strickland said. "Everybody knows where I'm going. I'm just ready to focus on school and the upcoming season. I'm ready to get it over with."

Strickland had serious interest from a number of high major programs, but ultimately picked the Tar Heels over Florida and Michigan State.

"There were multiple schools interested in me and I worked harder so I could have the opportunity to play for those high level teams," he said. "The whole recruiting process went great. I don't regret my decision at all and I think I made the right decision."

As the day approached, Strickland, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard, didn't know what he would do for his signing day festivities, but he did say the day will be a special one.

"Just playing for Roy Williams with all of the great players that have played for him since he's been there and I'm just going to try and be another great player," Strickland said. "It means a lot to me. I really feel special that Roy and other coaches took the time out to come see me play and recruit me throughout my high school season."

Joining Strickland in North Carolina's 2009 recruiting class is John Henson, Leslie McDonald, David Wear and Travis Wear. The group will fill a lot of needs.

According to Strickland, it's a class that would be tough to top, and he feels it's the nation's best class.

"We have John Henson, who is a great athlete and nice and long and he's 6-10," Strickland said. "I don't see anybody beating us or any other class having a chance of beating us. I can't wait until next year and the season starts. I'm looking forward to see how it plays out."

"I think it's a great class, even the classes coming after us with Kendall Marshall and Reggie [Bullock] and those guys. Then in our class you have John Henson and Leslie [McDonald]. Those guys aren't just great basketball players on the court, they are great guys off the court."

Strickland and the other four members of UNC's 2009 recruiting class took official visits to North Carolina for ‘Late Night.' During the trip, Strickland said his future head coach spoke at length about his plans for the 2009 class.

"He talked to me personally and everybody else. On my official visit we actually went to his house and we had dessert. He just cleared everything up and said what was going to happen and when we are going to go down there after graduation and told us what it was going to be like and the workouts."

With the amount of talent in place and coming in, Strickland is sure that the future is bright in Chapel Hill and he's looking to continue the Tar Heels' tradition.

"I feel real comfortable about it and I think we have a real good chance of wining the whole thing and keeping up the history and living up to the expectations of how people look at North Carolina as far as winning games and making it to the Final Four and winning championships. We are just going to try and keep that up."

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