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UNC Men's Basketball Bio
1 Dexter Strickland
Strickland Strickland 816805

CAREER

Played in 128 games with 95 starts, including 91 of his last 92 games • Scored 899 points (7.0 per game) • Handed out 342 assists and had an assist-error ratio of 1.8 to 1 • Scored in double figures 34 times with a career-high 19 against William and Mary on 12/21/10 • Career-high 10 assists against East Carolina on 12/15/12.

 

SENIOR SEASON (2012-13)

Led the nation in assist-error ratio (3.19) and was fifth in the ACC in assists • No other player in the ACC has an assist-error ratio better than 2.4 • Started all 36 games • Averaged a career-high 7.8 points and 4.2 assists • Scored in double figures 12 times with a high of 16 against UNLV and at Clemson • Had 150 assists and only 47 turnovers • More assists than turnovers in 28 games • Handed out six or more assists 12 times • Averaged a turnover only once every 27.4 minutes in ACC play and once every 21.4 minutes overall • Fifth on the team with 42 steals • Made four three-pointers, the last one against East Carolina on Dec. 15th • Had 59 assists and 14 turnovers in the last 12 games • Shot 42 for 90 from the floor in the last 12 games (.467) after making 17 of 54 (.314) in the first 10 ACC games • Converted 27 of his last 30 free throw attempts (.900) • Only scholarship senior on the squad.

2013 NCAA Tournament: Made 4 of 12 shots from the floor, had seven assists and four turnovers in the two games.

2013 ACC Tournament: Scored in double figures twice (10 vs. Florida State and 15 vs. Maryland) and averaged 9.7 points and 6.3 assists • Had eight assists in championship game vs. Miami • Made 7 of 12 shots from the floor en route to 15 points and was UNC's defensive player of the game against the Terps • Scored 11 in the first half, his highest scoring effort in any half all season • Shared UNC game-scoring honors with Reggie Bullock.

2012-13 Regular Season Highlights: Had six assists and no turnovers at Maryland, the fourth time he had at least five assists without turning the ball over • Matched his season scoring high with a UNC-best 16 points and added four assists at Clemson • Made 7 of 9 from the floor, his best shooting game of the year (.779) • Was his highest scoring ACC game since he had 17 at Clemson as a freshman • Handed out seven assists and did not commit a turnover at Georgia Tech • Had 12 points and six assists in home win over Virginia as he scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in ACC play in his career • Went 5 for 8 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the line and finished with 14 points at Duke (had nine points combined in his previous three games) • Was his best shooting performance since he also went 5 for 8 against UNLV on Dec. 29th • Did an outstanding job defending Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, in UNC's win over Virginia Tech, helping to hold Green without a field goal for more than 19 minutes of the second half and overtime • Green scored one field goal in 22 halfcourt possessions in which Strickland was guarding him • Scored 14 points and had four assists in win at Boston College, converting a season-best 6 for 6 from the free throw line • Had six assists and no turnovers at NC State • Tied for the team high with six assists and had three steals in home win over Georgia Tech • Had four of Carolina's 11 steals in home win over Maryland • Led Carolina with a season-high 16 points in the win over #20 UNLV • Was 5 for 8 from the floor, including a jumper from just inside the free throw line as the shot clock ran down with 1:34 to play that gave UNC a 74-68 lead • Posted his first career double-double with 12 points, 10 assists and three steals against ECU • Hit a three-pointer in consecutive games (ETSU and ECU) for the first time since his sophomore season • Tied his career best with two three-pointers against ETSU • Scored 11 points and had a then-career-high nine assists against UAB • Made 6 of 10 shots from the floor and led UNC in scoring with 14 in the loss at top-ranked Indiana • Six assists and tied his career best with four steals at Long Beach • Set a new career high with six steals against MIssissippi State • Had nine assists and no turnovers in three games in Maui • Had 10 points, five assists and six steals against Mississippi State • Made a three-pointer against Mississippi State, his first since Feb. 23, 2011.

 

JUNIOR SEASON (2011-12)
Suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in the second half of the win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 19th and missed the rest of the season • Had surgery to repair a damaged meniscus and reconstruct his ACL on Feb. 9th • Shot a team-best .570 from the floor • Prior to being injured, he was tied for the team lead in steals with 25, second in assists with 39 and fifth at 7.5 points per game • Had two or more steals nine times • Was 11 for 18 from the floor (.611) in ACC action • Attempted his first three-pointer of the season against Boston College on Jan. 7th.

2011-12 Game Highlights:  Played one of his best all-around games as a Tar Heel in the home win over Miami as he scored a season-high tying 14 points, had three assists, no turnovers and two steals and played exceptional defense • Made 7 of 9 field goals against the Canes.
Played well on both ends of the floor in the win over Wisconsin as he had nine points and helped limit Jordan Taylor to 6 of 20 shooting from the floor • Led UNC in scoring in the first half with seven points and added a baseline jumper with 5:31 to play that gave UNC a 49-41 lead • Had 13 points, six assists and six rebounds vs. Mississippi Valley State • Had 10 points, five assists and two steals in the win over Michigan State.

 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11)
Averaged 10.3 points and 2.5 assists and made 15 of 27 shots (.557) from the floor and 11 of 14 free throws (.786) in the four NCAA Tournament games • Had 41 points in NCAA play, his highest four-game output since December • Did not commit a turnover in 100 minutes in the last three NCAA Tournament games • Had 29 assists in the last 10 games (2.9 per game) • Started 36 games • Averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists for the season • Led the team in steals with 45 • Scored in double figures 11 times • Carolina went 9-2 when he scored in double figures (losses to Texas and Kentucky) • Started all three games and averaged 29 minutes a game in the ACC Tournament but did not score a field goal • Tied for ninth in ACC games in assist-error (2.0) • Averaged 14.4 points over a five-game stretch in December, including back-to-back career highs (18 vs. Texas and 19 vs. William and Mary) • Carolina's defensive player of the game against Charleston, Illinois, Evansville, Clemson (ACC Tourney) and Marquette • Went 33 for 44 (.750) from the free throw line in the last 16 games • Was 3 for 22 from three-point range in the last 25 games • Did not attempt a three-pointer in the last six games • Last made a three-pointer at NC State on Feb. 23 • Led Carolina in rebounding at Virginia and Georgia Tech, grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. NC State and pulled down six in the NCAA Tournament against Washington.

2010-11 Game Highlights: Played a solid all-around game against Kentucky in the NCAA regional final with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, no turnovers and three steals in 37 minutes • Defended Brandan Knight, who scored 22 points but did so on 7 of 18 shooting from the floor • Scored nine second-half points to spark Carolina's comeback from 11 points down to tie the game • Returned home to New Jersey (was born in Newark) and had eight points, three assists, no turnovers (for the second straight game) and a career-high tying four steals in regional semifinal vs. Marquette • Had a pair of steals and baskets in the opening minutes of the second half that gave UNC its largest lead • Had 13 points, six rebounds and no turnovers against Washington • Made a pair of free throws with 5.4 seconds to play to give UNC the 86-83 lead • Was his first double-digit scoring game in eight games since at NC State on Feb. 23 • Played outstanding defense, helping to limit UW guard Isaiah Thomas to 5 of 15 shooting from the floor • Had nine points and four assists against LIU in the NCAA second round (was his top scoring output in seven games). Handed out four assists, had two steals and was UNC's top defender in a career-high 38 minutes against Clemson in the ACC semifinal • Had eight points and four assists in home win over Duke, including an emphatic slam dunk with 1:01 to play • Had a career-high eight assists and went 6 for 6 from the free throw line against Maryland • Was outstanding in the win at NC State as he scored 13 points and added two assists and two steals with no turnovers in 34 minutes • Went 5 for 8 from the floor (had gone 0 for 9 in the previous three games) • Scored two straight driving layups after NC State had surged to a 19-9 lead, then hit a three from the corner to tie the game at 24 • Pull-up jumper capped an 8-0 UNC run for a 60-52 lead late in the game • The 34 minutes were the most he has played without a turnover as a Tar Heel• Helped limit BC's Reggie Jackson to just 5 of 19 shooting from the floor in 48-46 UNC win • Played one of his best games as a Tar Heel as he had 15 points and four assists in a career-high 35 minutes 89-69 win over Florida State • Led the Tar Heels with 10 first-half points as UNC built a 43-34 lead over the Seminoles • Went 2 for 4 from three-point range, the third time in his career he hit two threes in a game • Were the first three-pointers he made in ACC play this year • Had four assists and helped limit BC's leading scorer Reggie Jackson to just six points in win at Boston College • All-around solid game in the home win over NC State with eight points, a career-high eight rebounds, four assists and three steals and helped hold Scott Wood to no field goals • Scored in double figures for the first time in an ACC game with 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting at Miami • Also tied his season-high with four assists in the win over the Hurricanes • Tied his then-career high with seven rebounds at Georgia Tech • Scored a career-high 19 points against William and Mary -- that followed a 13-point effort against Long Beach and a then-career-high tying 18 against Texas • Was 8 for 12 from the floor against William and Mary, including 2 for 2 from three-point range • Scored 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting against Texas, including 11 in the second half, and added three assists and no turnovers • Had 13 points and three assists and hit 4 of 4 free throws in the final 17 seconds against Long Beach • Had nine points, four rebounds and three assists and won his first defensive player of the game award against College of Charleston.


FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10)
Third on the team in steals with 33 • Averaged 17.4 minutes a game playing both the point and two-guard • Learned to play point guard after playing mostly shooting guard in high school. Made four starts at the two earlier in mid-season • Had 71 assists and 61 turnovers • Had more assists than turnovers in 17 games, including four of five NIT games • Made 27 of his last 34 from the free throw line • Made 8 of 33 from three-point range (made one three-pointer in the last 14 games). Averaged 5.8 points with a combined 11 assists and five turnovers in the NIT • Scored six points and had three assists, no turnovers and two steals in NIT semifinal win over Rhode Island • Had eight points and three assists at UAB, making a pair of free throws with 20 seconds to play to secure the win • Scored eight points with two assists and no turnovers at Mississippi State • Helped spark the first-half comeback from 12 points down • Made three field goals in Starkville, the most since Feb. 13 • Was his first turnover-free stint in 15 games • Had seven points and two assists against William and Mary, going 4 for 4 from the free throw line late in the game • With UNC trailing 72-69 with 3:43 to play, he made a pair then hit two more with 2:34 to play to give the Tar Heels the lead for good. Had five points and three rebounds in win over Miami, making his first three-pointer in seven games • Scored 11 points in the home win over NC State (making 5 of 6 from the free throw line) • Scored 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the floor and added two steals in the win at NC State • Was the only Tar Heel to score in double figures at Clemson as he finished with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting from the floor • Had seven points and three assists and only one turnover in ACC debut against Virginia Tech. Attempted a season-high 11 shots from the floor (2 for 11) in the loss at the College of Charleston • Made his first start against Albany and had a season-high five assists • Scored a season-high 18 points had four assists in 81-67 win over Rutgers • Made 6 of 8 shots from the floor and 5 of 6 from the line against the Scarlet Knights • Scored eight of Carolina's final 12 points, including a three-pointer with 1:58 to play that gave UNC a seven-point advantage • Was the third time in a five-game span he established a season scoring high (nine vs. Michigan State, 12 vs. Texas, 18 vs. Rutgers) • Did not play against Presbyterian on Dec. 12 due to a strained left hamstring. Scored a then-season-high 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the floor against Texas • Averaged 8.7 points and 2.3 assists against Michigan State, Kentucky and Texas • Was 10 for 18 from the floor with seven assists and four turnovers against those three Top 10 opponents • Hit his first two three-pointers of the season, scored nine points and had three assists, no turnovers and two blocked shots against Michigan State • Scored eight of his nine points and had a pair of assists in the first half, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer on the break that gave the Tar Heels a 50-34 lead • Had five points and three steals at Kentucky • Scored nine points and had three assists against North Carolina Central.



PREP
Played for Coach Kevin Boyle at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. • Led St. Patrick to three consecutive New Jersey Tournament of Champions titles (which match state championships in all divisions, private and public schools) • St. Patrick's finished No. 4 in USA Today's national rankings • Named to Newark Star-Ledger's all-state team for the second year in a row as a senior • Scored 20 points and had seven rebounds in non-public state title game • Played in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game in Miami and the 2008 Elite 24 All-Star Game in Harlem • Also earned first-team All-America honors from Parade magazine.



PERSONAL
Son of Dexter L. and Sheronne Strickland • Born Dexter Terrez Strickland on Oct. 1, 1990, in Newark, N.J. • Majoring in communication studies.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rahway, N.J.
High School: St. Patrick
Major: Communication Studies
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