NJ's Next Dynamic Duo

West and Chamberlain, Robertson and Alcindor, Jordan and Pippen, Bird and McHale, Magic and Kareem, and of course who can forget Stockton and Malone. Throughout history dynamic duos have ruled the basketball hardwood. When two players develop such wonderful chemistry, the highlights can be endless. At St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth New Jersey the highlights are starting to accumulate for freshman Paris Bennett and Dexter Strickland.

At St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth New Jersey the highlights are starting to accumulate for freshman Paris Bennett and Dexter Strickland. Of course, highlights are nothing new to these two as they have been mopping up the inferior talent and competition amongst their peers on the AAU circuit for some time now.

While most talented freshman choose be followers and let practice be an extended version of recess, Bennett and Strickland have to compete on a daily basis with older and more experienced players on arguably one of the best teams in the state, and one of the premier teams in the nation. Add to that element a coach who demands intensity, focus and attention to detail and the thought of going to practice each day could prove to be a daunting task.

Through it all the two have stuck together and begun to demonstrate a new found knowledge of the game to complement their vast array of skills. Nowhere is their newly acquired knowledge more evident than when the two of them enter the game and immediately start to feed off one another.

Strickland feeds Bennett in the post; Bennett gets a rebound, outlets and runs the floor only to be rewarded with a lay-up from Strickland. Bennett leads the break hits Strickland in stride for a thunderous dunk over 2 defenders.

For those of us who have been fortunate enough to witness this in person we realize that this is only the beginning and there is so much more development that needs to take place before we anoint these two as the next sure thing.

The scary part is that Strickland already stands 6-foot-4, jumps out of the gym, and is hands down the best athlete on the entire St. Patrick's team.

Paris Bennett stands at 6-foot-6, weighs about 240 pounds and has soft hands, great footwork and a left hand that most right-handed players never develop.

College coaches, I suggest you pull out your power suits and your best motivational speeches because the line in a couple of years will be very long. In the meantime let's all just sit back enjoy the highlights and encourage these two to keep working hard and not be satisfied until they have proven themselves to be masters of the two man game.

Watch Paris and Dexter Prepare for Battle:
Preparing for Battle

Watch Dexter Strickland Highlights:
Dexter Strickland Highlights

Watch Paris Bennett Highlights:
Paris Bennett Highlights


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