Junior guard Jamiel Strickland during Midnight Madness. (Amanda Gosline/MJ)
Junior guard Jamiel Strickland during Midnight Madness. (Amanda Gosline/MJ)

By DAN JENKINS, Staff Reporter

Junior guard Jamiel Strickland was named the Michigan Journal’s University of Michigan-Dearborn Player of the Week on November 26, 2013. He was recognized with the honor after averaging 12.3 points per game, 2.5 steals per game, and shooting 8-of-12 on 3-point field goals in three games from November 16 to November 23. Staff Reporter Dan Jenkins had the opportunity to talk with Strickland following the basketball team’s first win on Sunday evening in part of a question and answer series.

Q: Where are you from?

A: Inkster, Michigan.

Q: Where did you play in high school?

A: Inkster High School.

Q: What’s your major?

A: Finance with a dual major in Information Technology Management.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?

A: Basically right out of the womb. Probably at 3-4 years old.

Q: Do you play any other sports?

A: I golf with my uncle in the summer and I play football whenever I get a chance.

Q: Have you ever won any individual awards throughout your career?

A: I won a Naismith Award when I was younger and some 3-point competitions. I got an All-State honorable mention in high school, too.

Q: What made you decide to play at UM-D?

A: I wanted to help change the program and get a fantastic degree at the same time.

Q: What kinds of thing do you do off the court?

A: I’m a movie guy, so I go with my friends a lot. I’m a pretty chill guy.

Q: Have you ever hit a game-winning shot?

A: I hit one last year in our second game and I hit one against John Glenn in high school.

Q: Who was your basketball idol when you were growing up?

A: I tried to mold my game after Michael Jordan because he’s my favorite player, but I’m a Kobe Bryant fan too.