Strickland A Guard To Watch Over Next Year

Reporter Mike Sullivan had a chance to watch Dexter Strickland play this past weekend ...

Though Dexter Strickland is just a sophomore at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey, his name and game are well known to the many basketball fans in the New York area. And for good reasons.

Strickland, a 6-foot-3 slashing type of guard who plays for Kevin Boyle's Celtics' basketball program, is an exciting player who can damage the interior of a defense with drives to the basket.

Dexter showcased his skills this past weekend at the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic held on the campus of Seton Hall University. There were several big name programs watching Strickland compete too. Among the schools that caught our eye in the audience were Virginia, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and St. John's.

"He a very gifted player," said national scout Tom Konchalski.

And he is a player worth watching over the next two seasons. Boyle is a tremendous coach who demands a 100 percent all the time. So it should be expected that Strickland will improve his individual game.

For now, Corey Fisher and Jeff Robinson appear to be the top two offensive options for St. Patrick. When these two leave after this season to play high division one basketball, Strickland should have more room to demonstrate his offensive skills.

The area schools are already recruiting him hard. But Strickland is a national type of recruit too. How he plays over the next few months will likely shape the flavor of his list. This website will continue to monitor his progress.

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