TRC signs latest Monticello product in Shannon Strickland
Three Rivers men’s basketball has gotten some pretty good players from Monticello (Ark.) coach Wayne Sherrer over the years.
First, there was his son and current Raider assistant Bryan Sherrer. Also, Rudy Harrell, Torry Butler, and now Shannon Strickland, who recently committed to Three Rivers.
“I look forward to watching him for the next two years. I think he’s got a chance to go do some good things,” Wayne Sherrer said. “Three Rivers is getting a promising kid. He’s got his best days ahead of him. He’s a young kid who is filling into his body, very skilled, good basketball IQ.”
Added Bryan Sherrer, “He can be versatile, play the 1-3 in a lot of lineups.”
Strickland is a versatile 6-foot, 5-inch player who averaged 20 points, six assists and six rebounds as a junior and then 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists as a senior. Strickland played point guard this past season and scored more than 2,000 points for his career.
“He’s a good enough athlete to get by you. He shoots it pretty good. It’s very seldom that you have a point guard who is his height. He’s got a chance. I really think if he develops the way I think he will, he’s got a chance to be a really good player,” Wayne Sherrer said.
Strickland was ranked 14th in Arkansas and had interest from Davidson, Oral Roberts, and Drury, among other schools.
“I chose (Three Rivers) because (the coaches) could get me to where I needed to be,” said Strickland, who added that the Libla Family Sports Complex looks like a Division I gym. “When I first saw it, it shocked me.”
Strickland said he’s talked to Butler as well as current Raider Brahm Harris on what to expect after not being able to visit the campus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them when I get down there,” said Strickland, who will study exercise science while at Three Rivers.
He and fellow incoming freshman Lamer Wilkerson, a 6-4 guard, also played on the same AAU team.
“Our relationship, we clicked the first time we met each other, and that carries with us on the court,” Strickland said.
An all-around player, Strickland said he wants to put on some weight and improve physically, as well.
“We’re real excited about it. I think it will be a perfect marriage for him,” Wayne Sherrer said. “He’s not a high maintenance kid. I don’t think you’ll have to worry about trouble or anything else.”