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All Big Ten battle for 2018 PG Tai Strickland
One of the top remaining point guard targets in the country is getting closer to making a decision on his collegiate future.
That future will be in the Big Ten no matter the decision, as 2018 point guard Tai Strickland announced his top three schools on Twitter on Tuesday.
— Tai Strickland (@taistrickland13) March 19, 2018
Those schools were Minnesota, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was one of the latest to offer the son of former NBA star Rod Strickland, but has quickly become a favorite in his recruitment.
Strickland is the No. 53 ranked point guard in the country and the No. 33 ranked player in the state of Florida, but has had a really good senior season for St. Petersburg (FL) high school and raised his profile in a major way.
The Badgers were one of the latest to offer, doing so on Feb. 15 after assistant coach Howard Moore went to see him play. He also took a visit last week and came away impressed with the pitch the Badgers made and the city of Madison in general.
“They pointed to me being a true point guard,” Strickland said, via Land of 10’s Jesse Temple. “Me being able to defend, rebound. They think that I can come, compete and contribute immediately.
“When a guard can rebound, I can get it and go immediately. There’s no outlet and you can go from there. You can run the plays off of that. That’s big because it pushes tempo a little bit and it also helps to get other guys involved.”
Wisconsin is the 247Sports Crystal Ball favorite, but don’t count out Minnesota and Rutgers either. Both programs could use a true floor general and a point guard with defensive capabilities.
It will be interesting to see how Minnesota and Rutgers factor in once he sees both schools on official visits.
According to Badger247’s Evan Flood, Strickland will visit Rutgers this weekend and then will take a visit to Minnesota for the weekend of April 6th.
Don’t expect Strickland to take long after his final visit to make a decision, as he’s been quick in the process after receiving the Power 5 offers he had always been looking for.