Dexter Strickland is a fantastic player and one of great importance to the Tar Heels success this season. Strickland is the teams top perimeter defender and will once again be the top backup point guard, a role even more critical with the team starting freshman Marcus Paige this season. He’s excellent in transition and can finish at the basket, he’s just not a scorer.
Most agreed with me in this column I wrote about the importance of several North Carolina players expanding their games to be more creative in taking the ball to the basket. I briefly mentioned Strickland as an important player but a non-scorer and I wanted to elaborate on that here a bit.
Strickland is a career 6.7 points per game scorer, as a junior his shot selection demonstrated his maturity, Strickland took only very high percentage shots and a grand total of two three point attempts. Strickland is efficient on the offensive end, he rarely takes even open jump shots and chooses his spots when slashing to the basket.
The Tar Heels have several players on the roster capable of being big time scorers. James Michael McAdoo is the one considered by most to be the next superstar in Chapel Hill. Reggie Bullock is the next most popular choice to become a reliable scoring threat followed by PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald.
After missing half the season with an ACL injury, UNC fans shouldn’t kid themselves into thinking Strickland is going to suddenly become a big scoring threat. Look for Dexter to continue to be an efficient offensive player who’s main contributions are on the defensive end.