Strickland Competes for Winning Team in NABC All-Star Game

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SALEM, VA. -- Senior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) represented Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Reese’s® Division III College All-Star Game at the NCAA Division III Final Four on Saturday.

Strickland was a member of the West All-Star Team, which defeated the East Team 104-101 in Salem, Virginia, prior to the NCAA Division III national championship game on Saturday night.

Strickland scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes of action in the contest.

Earlier this week, Strickland was named a first-team all-Midwest Region selection by and by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in results released by the national organizations.

Strickland was selected by the NABC as one of 18 players to compete in the Reese's All-Star Game.  He became the first Rose-Hulman men's basketball player selected to compete in the NABC Division III College All-Star Game.

The NABC Division III College All-Star Game included the top two players from each NCAA Division III evaluation region along with two at-large fan vote selections.  Strickland was joined by Tyler Peters of Wheaton (Ill.) as representatives from the Midwest Region. 

The all-region honor marked the second consecutive year that Strickland earned first-team all-Midwest Region honors from and the NABC.  He becomes the first player in Rose-Hulman to history to earn multiple first-team all-region honors during his career.

Strickland completed a historic career ranked fifth on Rose-Hulman's scoring list with 1,747 points.  His efforts included 648 points this year for the third most in a single season in school history and the most by any Fightin' Engineer since 1970.

Strickland also established new school records for single-season free throws (204) and career free throws (426) during this year's 22-win season.  Rose-Hulman qualified for three NCAA Division III Tournaments, won three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments, and captured two HCAC regular season championships during his career that included the best overall record for a four-year senior class (82-29).

Individually, Strickland was named a second-team NABC All-American and a all-region selection in 2013 and has been nominated for both awards again this season.  The civil engineering major also earned two HCAC Most Valuable Player awards, two HCAC Tournament MVP honors, and was a three-time all-conference selection.

Additionally, Rose-Hulman tied a school record for wins during Strickland's junior year (24) and won the third-most games ever this season (22).  The team finished 7-18 during the season prior to Strickland's arrival on campus.

Strickland was recognized along with head coach Jim Shaw during halftime of the national semifinal games on Friday night.