Tag:Dexter Strickland
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:39 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 12:57 pm
 

North Carolina's new backup point: Stilman White

By Jeff Goodman

Stilman White. 

Yes, Stilman White. That's who Roy Williams will give first crack at getting Dexter Strickland's minutes as Kendall Marshall's backup point guard. 

Strickland tore his ACL last week and is done for the season -- which essentially means that the Tar Heels don't have a backup point guard. This could be critical at some point in the NCAA tournament if the Tar Heels -- the preseason favorites -- are to cut down the nets in New Orleans. 

"We're going to try and give Stilman time there," Williams said on Monday. "We'll see how that works out." 

White is a mid-major recruit from Wilmington, N.C., that has logged a grand total of 65 minutes thus far in his UNC career. 

Losing Strickand is costly in two primary areas: He's the team's top perimeter defender and also only legit backup floor leader. Williams said he'll move Reggie Bullock into the starting lineup in place of Strickland, which should help offensively -- especially in terms of spacing. 

"Reggie deserves it," Williams said.

However, while Bullock has improved significantly on the defensive end, he's still no Strickland. Williams said that Strickland averaged about three minutes per half in spelling Marshall at the point.  

The alternative isn't pretty: It's Harrison Barnes, Bullock or P.J. Hairston. 

"It's a big-time loss," Williams said of losing Strickland. 

One that isn't getting nearly enough attention. 

Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 7:57 pm
 

Dexter Strickland done for season with torn ACL

By Jeff Borzello

North Carolina took a big blow to its championship hopes on Friday when the Tar Heels announced that starting guard Dexter Strickland was done for the season with a torn ACL.

Strickland suffered the injury in Thursday’s win over Virginia Tech, when he planted going up for a shot early in the second half (pictured to the right). After the game, he said he didn’t think anything popped but it was sore. North Carolina said his knee would be looked at when they returned to Chapel Hill.

Strickland, a 6-foot-3 junior from New Jersey, is the team’s best perimeter defender and the Tar Heels’ backup point guard to Kendall Marshall. He was averaging 7.5 points and 2.1 assists, shooting 57 percent from the field.

He is the second North Carolina guard to be lost for the season. Over the summer, junior Leslie McDonald tore his ACL and will miss the entire campaign. McDonald recently decided he would take a redshirt this season.

Without Strickland, North Carolina will have to rely heavily on the duo of Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston. Both are more prolific scorers than Strickland, and are the two best shooters in the backcourt, but the Tar Heels will miss Strickland’s defense and ball-handling ability.

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Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Goodman Preseason Tour: Thoughts from UNC

By Jeff Goodman

Now that I've returned home and had an opportunity to catch my breathe from my Preseason Tour, I'll try and run through my thoughts from each practice I attended. I've already done so for Ohio State.

Here are my thoughts and observations from North Carolina - where I was for Midnight Madness:

1) Harrison Barnes will pick up where he left off last season and then some. The Tar Heels sophomore has that swagger back and while he isn't exploding to the basket, he's certainly more assertive. He's also far more comfortable playing with his buddy and roommate, Kendall Marshall.

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2) Speaking of Marshall, his perimeter shot has improved. That, along with his quickness, were the areas of focus this past offseason. However, Marshall's most important attributes will continue to be making his teammates' lives easier and also leading this team vocally. I wouldn't be surprised if he leads the nation in assists and also averages double-figures this season in scoring.

3) It'll be interesting to see which one of Reggie Bullock or P.J. Hairston emerge. Both are terrific perimeter shooters - arguably among the Top 50 in the nation - but Bullock has the edge - when healthy - because he's further along defensively.

4) James Michael McAdoo may come along slowly since he has been on the mend due to tendinitis for a month or so. The positive is that, barring an injury to one of the frontline guys, McAdoo will be a piece this season. A damn good piece. Then he will turn into a star as a sophomore.

5) Dexter Strickland will be a huge key for this team and its national title hopes. He's a glue guy, but his perimeter shot appears to be more consistent - and his ability to run the team has improved as well. He will likely split his time between both backcourt spots, but the critical component for Strickland will come on the defensive end where he'll need to become a lock-down defender.

6) John Henson's offensive game is a work in progress. He's still raw on that end of the floor, but I still say he's as important on the defensive end as just about anyone in the country due to his length and ability to both block and alter shots.

7) Tyler Zeller is vastly underrated and is also the biggest beneficiary (Barnes is a close second) of Marshall and his floor game. Zeller, one of the best big man "runners" in the country, should be the recipient of a couple fastbreak baskets per game from the pure point guard.

8) Leslie McDonald said he hasn't ruled out playing this season, but it appears far-fetched. He tore his ACL this past summer in a Pro-Am game and said there's a chance he could be back on the court shortly after the New Year. My guess is he winds up redshirting.

9) Spent some time with ex-Tar Heels Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frasor. Psycho T is completely healthy after a brutal offseason a year ago in which he wasn't cleared to do anything - and Frasor is trying to break into college coaching.

10) Kendall Marshall and Harrison Barnes need ping pong lessons.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 4:04 pm
 

UNC's Strickland: 'I know we're going to win'

Dexter Strickland has confidence in his Heels

Posted by Eric Angevine

Dexter Strickland is probably the least likely North Carolina starter to ever see his name in a newspaper headline.

That may change. He'll also likely find his words repeated on a chalkboard in Durham today.

Robbi Pickeral of the Charlotte Observer wrote a piece in advance of Saturday's season-ending Duke-UNC game, in which she quoted the 6-foot-3 sophomore saying the following:

"I'm glad it's home; that will give us a little advantage. I feel like the last time we played them, we just made mental errors that can be mentally corrected. I think that on Saturday, we're going to win. I know we're going to win on Saturday. I have a lot of confidence in myself and in my teammates. And if everybody has the same attitude I do, I know we're going to win."

Of course Strickland said 'if' in there, but you have to figure the phrase "I know we're going to win" is being printed onto hundreds of the little flyers the Cameron Crazies pass out to use as prompts for heckling. Not that it will matter, since the game is played in Chapel Hill, but still. Someone will use this somehow to make a top-5 team feel disrespected.

Whatever works, I guess. We've become used to hard feelings and a fair amount of blood in the Tobacco Road rivalry, and last season just felt somehow incomplete without anything major at stake in the twice-annual event. America likes this one nasty, and a little bit of swagger from last season's NIT runner-up is more than welcome.

Let's get it on.
 
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Posted on: February 6, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Larry Drew who?

Dexter Strickland and Harrison Barnes have UNC humming

Posted by Eric Angevine

I hope Larry Drew isn't holding his breath, waiting for UNC to fall apart without him.

He'll turn blue waiting for anyone to regret these numbers: 89, 69, 16, 3, 3.

The first number is UNC's points scored, the second belongs to Florida State. The next three represent freshman point guard Kendall Marshall's assists, turnovers and steals.

Thanks to Marshall's largesse, the numbers were healthy all around. John Henson had 16 points and 11 boards. Harrison Barnes 17 and 9. Ty Zeller scored 16 and Dexter Strickland had 15.

Despite all the drama surrounding his lineup changes and the sudden departure of Drew, Roy Williams has his Tar Heels right where he wants them at this time of year - contending for the ACC lead.

Heading into Wednesday's trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium, UNC is right behind the Duke Blue Devils in ACC play at 7-1. Marshall, whose elevation to the starting lineup seems to have catalyzed Drew's decision to leave, had a school-record-setting passing performance against the same tough Florida State defense that humbled Duke on January 12.

His fellow freshman, Barnes, played with a hard-won sense of poise that allowed him to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous message-board fans long enough to become a valuable part of the Tar Heel offense. Where some other athletes might have crumbled under the pressure (perhaps Drew did?), Barnes displayed mental toughness in working toward being the player he wants to be, rather than the player the nation's fans and pundits want him to be.

Today's result -- indeed, the results of the past two weeks -- prove that Drew's departure was a matter of addition by way of subtraction. With Dexter Strickland, Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock running the floor with big men Barnes, Ty Zeller and John Henson, every Florida State miss became a race to the opposite end of the floor. Forced to react on the fly rather than establish a half-court bulwark, the Seminoles were caught flat-footed far too often. Even when FSU had defenders in place, Marshall's passing was crisp and heady enough to result in points anyway. This looked a lot more like the Carolina teams we've seen in the past.

The Heels can't expect the Devils to give them as many opportunities to start the break with defensive rebounds, but they've found their mojo just in time to make the upcoming Wednesday matchup the most intriguing game in the country again. That's good for both teams, good for the ACC, and good for college basketball.
 
 
 
 
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