Former St. Petersburg star Terell Strickland commits to James Madison

One day after a former St. Petersburg boys basketball standout officially left James Madison, another Green Devil graduate decided to join the Dukes.

Terell Strickland, who played for St. Petersburg from 2017-19, announced via Twitter that he has committed to James Madison. He picked the Dukes over offers from Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas State and Purdue Fort Wayne.

“(James Madison) gave me an opportunity to start,” Strickland said. “It’s a new staff and arena and everything and I have a chance to come in and be a leader and the beginning of a new start for the basketball program.”

Strickland’s arrival helps fill the void of Darius Banks, the former St. Petersburg star who entered the transfer portal a month ago and committed to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga on Friday. 

This past season, Strickland played at the Scotland Campus to improve his recruitment. He averaged 10.2 points and 5.3 assists for a team that went 40-4 and was ranked fourth in the nation.  

Strickland comes from a basketball family. His father is former NBA standout Rod Strickland, and his older brother, Tai, played at St. Petersburg before starting his college career at Wisconsin, then transferring to Temple.