Dexter Strickland Makes His Move

November 9, 2008

Dexter Stickland (SG,6’3″,2009) has enough skill as a shooting guard to get an offer (which he accepted) from UNC. He can blast up and down the court, streaks to the hoop with dominating slashing moves, and can finish. He also has excellent hops.

But…

Strickland knows that at 6’3″, even with the talent he has, it’s an uphill battle. 6’3″ is a good height for a college shooting guard, but it’s even better for a point guard, and so Strickland is working on being able to play pure point by the time he reaches Chapel Hill, as seen on Nathan Blue’s blog (what’s up, Nathan!):

…when Strickland gets to North Carolina next year, he’s not going to be able to rely solely on his ability to put the ball in the basket. So the 6-foot-3, 180-pound playmaker has spent the past year learning what it takes to become a floor general, from running an offense to feeding the post.

It’s pretty common when an explosive player like Strickland to bring the ball up in high school and also be the team’s dominant scoring guard. Basically, he’s playing two positions depending on where he is on the floor. But when he gets to the ACC, he’s going to need to be more than a great shooting guard who can handle the ball ‘some’. In order to play point at this level, he’ll need to learn how to actually run an offense, and he’s already got the main thing he needs: patience.

Some of the best point guards to play in the ACC were outstanding at knowing when to push the ball and when to wait, such as Raymond Felton, Bobby Hurley, Jay Williams or Chris Paul. It’s a shooting guard’s natural tendency to push the ball, get to the hoop, be aggressive, score. It’s not always easy for players who are adept at this to learn how to switch gears when running the point. Only time will tell how well Strickland is at making the switch.


UNC Basketball Tickets

October 2, 2008

UNC fans are getting excited, looking for basketball tickets for their Tar Heels of 2008-2009. Which is fine, and you can get your UNC tickets right here:

UNC Basketball Tickets – Click Here

And one thing about UNC fans is that the Tar Heels always have a lot of buzz about their recruits. So, even though we’re talking about the 2008-09 season (and, don’t worry, non-UNC fans, I will have information on all the teams), here’s some nice video of Dexter Strickland, who will be joinining the Heels next season, when UNC fans will be dealing with Life After Hansbrough:

Okay, so go get your tickets, ACC season approacheth!

Image courtesy TylerHansbrough.org.


John Henson relocates; More on Kyrie Irving;

August 18, 2008

John Henson (SF, 6’10”, 2009), the Tar Heel commit who wowed coaches and scouts over the summer, will not be playing his high school ball in Texas this season. When the school semester starts next week, he’ll be at Sickles High School in Tampa, FL.

Kyrie Irving

So, we brought up ACC target Kryie Irving (PG, 6’2″, 2010) in a recent post, and how the entire Big East is well aware of him, but now several ACC schools have started getting interested as well. Alex has an outstanding interview with Irving, in which he outlines where his recruitment stands, which includes Wake Forest as one of the schools pursuing him the most at the moment. An interesting note, as we stated before he is a teammate of UNC commit Dexter Strickland, and if he were to commit to another ACC school, he’d find himself seeing Strickland on the court quite a bit after their high school careers are over.

Boston College: MIA?

Just what, exactly, is going on with Boston College basketball recruiting? It’s gotten very quiet in New England, and very little news of interested prospects. With only a few reported offers out:

Taran Buie, SG, 2010
Jason Morris, SG, 2010
Travis McKie, SF, 2010

for the next two classes, and with a lot of graduations, either Al Skinner has faith in the talent he’s already got or there are a lot of kids he’s looking at that are under the national radar.

With that in mind, maybe we can guess at a couple of players they might be looking at, like Toso Adebamowo (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2009), a solid scorer with a perfect stroke and a great defender, who plays his ball at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, CT. Marionapolis Prep is a Class ‘B’ school, in comparison to Brewster Academy or Worcester Academy, which are Class ‘A’ schools. Adebamowo has seemed to be a guy with flashes of promise.

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Videos: Dexter Strickland, John Wall, Ryan Kelly

July 31, 2008

So you haven’t seen much Dexter Strickland (SG, 6’3″, 2009) this summer? Here’s some video of the UNC commit:

If you’ve been hearing all the hype about John Wall (PG, 6’4″, 2009) and wondered what all the fuss is about, here is some video footage that includes several other players, one of which is ACC target Ryan Kelly (PF, 6’10”, 2009). Kelly has a running jumper that is just sick with, dare I say it, machine-like precision. This video also has a bit of nice footage of Wake Forest commit J.T. Terrell (SG, 6’3″, 2010).

Matt Vogrich with Wake Forest offer

We’re adding Matt Vogrich (PG/SG, 6’4″, 2009) to our list of ACC Targets, as he has an offer from Wake Forest.


Dominic Cheek says UNC commit is just a rumor

April 27, 2008

Rivals is reporting that Dominic Cheek(SG, 6’5”) is still wide open on his recruitment and the recent notion that he was close to signing with North Carolina was just a rumor. He also states that Kansas, Tennessee and Florida have gotten involved in his recruitment.
Kenny Boynton, more shooting guard than point
Jerry Meyer states that Duke target Kenny Boynton(6’2”, SG) is a shooting guard with a good handle, as opposed to a pure point guard. Jerry muses about Duke’s chances with one of the top high school players in the class of 2009.

Dexter Strickland to play in Beach Ball Classic

UNC commit Dexter Strickland (6’3”, 180) will be playing in the 2008 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. The games will be played June 13-14 at Coastal Carolina’s Watson Stadium. I think I might try to go to that event.


Video: Dexter Strickland, Dominic Cheek, Kenny Boynton

April 19, 2008

Some more video of several players, including UNC commit Dexter Strickland and ACC targets Dominic Cheek, Lance Stephenson and Kenny Boynton can be found here.

These clips are pretty good, just highlight moves and some slow motion replays. Hard to tell from these clips, but Strickland’s follow through looks pretty good. He may have a little “sharp right turn” at the end of his shot, which could be a bit of a problem when he’s covered by bigger guards in the ACC (shots have to be a lot more accurate when you’re guarded by a guy two inches taller than you and every bit as fast), but whenever I’ve seen him, his shots are almost always in transition – his shot may not have any flaws, it could just be the momentum of the particular play.

Kenny Boynton has a nice running jumper, although on his three pointers I noticed a little tendency to “slingshot” a little bit. Of course, I’m more of the school that thinks consistency of shot may be more valuable than form. I do tend to notice little things about player’s shots. Boynton plays pretty much like a shooting guard, which at 6’2″ he can get by with in college. I think he might struggle initially if he had to handle the ball against pure point guards, but he can handle the ball well enough for a SG. He tends to carry the ball a little bit, which can turn into a full blown problem when facing a little guy with good hands. Boynton does seem to have nice body control, even in the lane. He can take a bit of contact, alter his shot and finish.


Video: UNC Recruit Dexter Strickland

April 16, 2008

Possibly the highest rated player to sign with any ACC school thus far is Dexter Strickland, a 6’3” combo guard who looks like he might fit in well with the fast paced style that Roy Williams likes to employ.

It is unclear if Strickland will play much point at UNC, and his lanky shooting style reminds me some of current Tar Heel Wayne Ellington, with a better handle. His movements are very fluid, not quite as slick as Spanish wonder kid Ricky Rubio, but cut from similar cloth. Strickland probably has better hops than Rubio, and both are deceptively fast, streaking down the court, lulling their opponents to sleep before slashing to the rim.

UCLA’s Package Deal?

BruinReportOnline is reporting that top recruit Lance Stephenson might be a package deal with Renardo Sidney. I have not heard of any ACC schools involved with Sidney, so if that’s true Stephenson might be out of the ACC mix as well.

Georgia saving room for Derrick Favors

Georgia has signed a shooting guard for the 2008 class, and many from the Bulldogs fanbase believe they are saving room for Derrick Favors.