McD: Dexter Strickland Spotlight

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --- Over the course of his high school hoops career, Dexter Strickland has been invited to numerous camps and received a number of awards, but being named a McDonald's All-American stands above the rest.

Strickland, a standout at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, said this is a goal that's he's been working towards for quite some time and it speaks to the amount of time he's dedicated to his game.

"It means a lot," Strickland said of his selection. "There's a lot of hard work that comes with it and I can see it all paying off. I'm going to get a chance to showcase my talent on national TV in front of the country and the world, it's just a great feeling."

"It's great," he said of the experience. Playing period is great, but being out here with players that I've never played with before like Ryan Kelly and others … it's great.

Being involved in the McDonald's game is a unique experience and Strickland will get to enjoy it with three future teammates – John Henson, David Wear and Travis Wear.

"We are definitely representing our school and I don't think they've ever had a year like that," Strickland said. "We just want to go out there are represent our school."

Through visits and camps, the 6-foot-3 combo guard has already had the opportunity to build relationships with his future teammates. Since being in Miami he's already spent a considerable amount of time with the future Heels.

"The Wear twins, I hung out with them and me and John Henson are close," Strickland said. "We text each other all the time and we've been hanging out playing video games. We are all just having a great time."

While it's certainly an honor to make the game, Strickland still has high expectations for his performance.

"I expect my team to win," he said. "I expect to play up to my full potential and I expect to have a lot of fun."

Strickland can accomplish all three of those goals on Wednesday when his East team plays the West squad at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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