Sheldon Strickland #4
Position: G Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 180
Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.
Previous School: Lakeside HS
Eligibility: Sr. Major:
2012-2013: Earned starting nod in season opener at Charlotte (11/9)...Had 10 points and was 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from three-point range in blowout win over Hiwassee (11/15)...Had seven points off the bench in CSU’s 21-point win at ETSU (12/18)...Added 14 points in the blowout of Virginia Intermont (12/29), highlighted by a 3-of-4 showing from downtown....Gave the Bucs a jolt off the bench with a season-high 15 points in a 79-59 win (1/23) at Presbyterian...Started at point guard in place of an injured Saah Nimley against VMI (2/21) and stepped up with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in a season-high 31 minutes as the Bucs turned in one of their better offensive performances of the year in a 92-69 win...Started the next game against Rider (2/23) as well and matched a season-high with four assists...Helped spark CSU off the bench in second-half comeback win over VMI in the Big South Tournament Semifinals (3/9), tallying 7 points and two steals...Reached double figures in scoring for the fifth and final time of the year in the Big South Tournament Finals (3/10) loss to Liberty, recording 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including a 2-of-4 finish from beyond the arc.
2011-2012: Went 5-of-10 from the floor for 11 points and handed out five assists off the bench in CSU’s 88-69 win at The Citadel on Dec. 14…Efficient 5-of-8 from the field for 14 points, to go along with four rebounds and three assists, in the Bucs’ 88-81 comeback road victory over Stetson on Dec. 21…Provided spark off the bench with 13 points, three rebounds and two assists in CSU’s 88-78 road loss to High Point on Jan. 2…Hit his first six shots of the night and tallied a season-high 17 points in 75-74 home loss to Liberty on Feb. 9…Also had three assists in that contest and came up with a steal and layup to cap a 12-2 run and give CSU a 71-70 lead with 2:02 remaining…Provided energy off bench with 7 points, three rebounds, and an assist in the Bucs’ 88-74 victory over the Flames in the Big South Tournament Quarterfinals.
2010-2011: Earned a spot on the 2009-2010 Big South All-Freshman team… Honored as Big South Crons Brand Freshman of the Week on November 22. and December 20…Started 22 games while appearing in 31. Averaged 8.5 points per game, good for 5th on the team. His 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game were 3rd on the team…4th on the Bucs in free-throw percentage with .817…Went 7-7 from deep against the College of Charleston on Dec. 15 en route to a career high 27 points…Recorded his first double-double (Nov. 18) against Montreat amassing 16 points and 10 assists…Shot .750 (3-4) from the field against Richmond (Nov. 21)…Logged a career-high 36 minutes against Radford on (Jan. 27) where he also recorded a career-high seven blocks…Scored 20 points including 4-8 from deep against Winthrop (Feb. 10.)
High School: At Lakeside High School, he was selected to the 2009-10 All Region First Team as a senior. Strickland was also named an All Region First Team member and All State Second Team member as a junior. He was awarded MVP honors at the Dekalb County All Star Game, in which six division one players participated. Strickland also played for the Nike Georgia Stars on the AAU circuit for Coach Walter White. He was the second highest scorer in Dekalb County and led the county in steals with 4.2 per game. During the 2009-10 season, Strickland averaged 21.1 points, 4.0 assists and 4.2 steals per game. He also shot 51% from the floor and 36% from three point range. Strickland helped Lakeside reach the playoffs for the first time in seven years, advancing through one of the toughest regions in Georgia.