Rocky signs Gillette's Strickland

2012-05-01T12:46:00Z 2012-05-02T17:50:23Z Rocky signs Gillette's Strickland The Billings Gazette
May 01, 2012 12:46 pm

Point guard Matt Strickland from Gillette College in Wyoming has signed a letter of intent with the men's basketball program at Rocky Mountain College.

The 6-foot, 173-pound Strickland, who is from Inglewood, Calif., will join the Battlin' Bears in the fall.

He appeared in all 31 of Gillette's games last season, averaging eight points and three assists per game.

"I got to watch Matt play quite a few times in the last two years," Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said. "I like his point guard mentality from a leadership standpoint. I think he understands what needs to happen out there, and when it needs to happen ... I just like how Matt handles things." 

Strickland also knocked down 43 percent of his 3-point attempts and 75 percent of his free throws for the Pronghorns.

"He's just got a great demeanor," Dreikosen said. "He kind of brings a calming presence to the team. That's something from a leadership standpoint that you need from a point guard. That really excites me about having him at that spot for our team.

"He's definitely going to be a kid that we're going to count on to help play a very important role on our team."

Gillette, led by former Miles Community College coach Shawn Neary, finished with an 18-13 record this past season.

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