TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis/Pike) received a third preseason national honor, this time from d3hoops.com, on Friday.
Strickland was named a d3hoops.com preseason honorable mention All-American for his third national honor of the preseason. He was also named honorable mention All-American in the Sporting News College Basketball Yearbook and a "Top 24" player by DIII News.
In addition, DIII News has ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at No. 20 nationally in its preseason men's basketball top 25 poll, and The Sporting News touted Rose-Hulman as a "possible breakthrough" team in September.
Rose-Hulman has qualified for two consecutive NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournaments after capturing two consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament titles. The Fightin' Engineers were ranked as high as No. 18 nationally during a 24-4 campaign, led NCAA Division III in scoring defense by allowing just 51.8 points per game and hosted their first NCAA Tournament game since 1997.
Strickland was a second-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American last season and leads two returning starters for this year's squad. He was also named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player after leading the Fightin' Engineers in scoring at 14.6 points per contest.
Strickland enters his season with 1,099 career points, including 65 games scoring in double figures and eight games of 20 or more points. His career-high 30-point game came in the 2012 HCAC Tournament championship game at Transylvania, a victory that lifted Rose-Hulman to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.
Rose-Hulman opens the regular season with at No. 11 ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 22. The Fightin' Engineers will also face Chicago on Nov. 23 as part of the Washington University Lopata Classic.
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