Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
Class of 2009
A fine ball handler who can bring the ball up the court, Strickland isn't one to "dance" with the ball on the perimeter. When he puts the ball on the floor, he generally does so with purpose looking to either get to the rim or put himself in a better position to make a pass. Calm in nature, he rarely rushes things and as a result doesn't make very man silly mistakes.
Capable of knocking down spot up jumpers, Strickland has extended his range to the three point line and has good mechanics on his shot. While he's capable of making shots, he's always been at his best using his impressive straight line speed to sprint the floor in transition for crowd pleasing slams or finishes at the goal. Defensively, he's got good feet and hips and more than enough lateral quickness and length to develop into a good college defender.
It also seems at times that unless it's a dunk or a three, Strickland isn't going to shoot the ball. He doesn't completely ignore the mid range game, but it's an area where he could expand his game. His quick first step, ability to explode into a shot and ability to create space with just one or two hard dribbles should allow him to develop into a dangerous mid-range scorer. Theoretically, it would also open more for him because defenders would never be able to relax.
Most importantly, Strickland needs to add strength to his still slender frame. When he gets to college, opposing coaches are going to take a look at him and make sure that he's getting lots of bumps and contact when working to free himself away from the ball. The sooner he can add bulk and muscle, the quicker he'll be able to adjust to the much more physical play he's going to endure in college.
Scouting Report: Dexter Strickland
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