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Tampa Catholic's Tai Strickland transfers to St. Petersburg

Tai  Strickland in action at the state semifinals this past season.

Tampa Bay Times

Tai Strickland in action at the state semifinals this past season.



Tampa Catholic’s Tai Strickland transferred to St. Petersburg earlier this month.

Strickland helped the Crusaders reach the state semifinals two years ago and the state title game this past season. His departure is a blow for Tampa Catholic, which already lost Kevin Knox to graduation. Knox (28.9 points per game) and Strickland (13.2) were the only two that averaged double figures in scoring for the Crusaders last year.

Tim Carter, a rising senior who averaged 8.5 points per game, is Tampa Catholic’s top returning scorer.

The addition of Strickland bolsters a Green Devils’ lineup that already includes Serrel Smith, the Tampa Bay Times Pinellas County player of the year this past season.

“This is a much better situation and I've known Serrel for a while and we played together on the (Nike) EYBL,” Strickland said. “It only made sense to join him in St Pete.”

Strickland, a 5-foot-10 guard, has offers from Boston College and USF but said he is in no rush to make a college commitment. His father, former NBA guard Rod Strickland, had been an assistant at USF. .

Strickland said he is unsure if his father will take on a coaching job this season. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:44pm]


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