Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman
TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Senior Julian Strickland (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) will represent Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the Reese’s® Division III College All-Star Game at the NCAA Division III Final Four this weekend.
Strickland was also named a first-team all-Midwest Region selection by d3hoops.com 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 All-Star Game, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday at the site of the Division III Final Four in Salem, Va. He becomes 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 includes 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.
Brandon Gries of St. Norbert was a third Midwest Region representative elected by a fan vote. All three Midwest Region representatives will play for the West All-Star Team under Bridgewater College head coach Bill Leatherman.
The all-region honor marked the second consecutive year that Strickland earned first-team all-Midwest Region honors from d3hoops.com 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 d3hoops.com 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 will be recognized along with head coach Jim Shaw during halftime of one of the two national semifinal games scheduled for Friday. The NCAA Division III national championship game is set for Saturday night, after the 3 p.m. NABC All-Star Game.