Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Strickland Learns on the Job at Carolina; ESPN National Tourney Tips Without Top Teams
NEW YORK — When Dexter Strickland committed to North Carolina as a junior at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams figured Strickland would play point guard during his senior season of high school.
But when stud point guard Kyrie Irving transferred to St. Patrick from Montclair (N.J.) Kimberley Academy, Strickland continued to play shooting guard as the Celtics won the 2009 New Jersey Tournament of Champions.
Now a freshman at North Carolina, the 6-foot-3 Strickland continues to adjust to life as a floor general for the 2009 NCAA champions.
“It’s been a huge transition for him, but I think each and every week he gets better,” Williams said this week. “I think he understands things better.”
Read the full story at SNY.tv.
**And read my piece on the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational, which tips Thursday in Baltimore without six of the top teams in the nation.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.