Q&A with UM-Dearborn Player of the Week, Jamiel Strickland

(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
(Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter

On Jan. 24, Jamiel Strickland recorded his 1,000th career point for UM-Dearborn basketball. Strickland is a senior leader for the Wolverines having a career year. His presence at both ends of the floor make him a player any coach would love to have. The incredible achievement landed him Player of the Week for the Michigan Journal.

Staff Reporter Jeramy Stover spoke to Strickland following UM-Dearborn’s win over Lourdes on Feb. 7 in part of the Journal’s question-and-answer series.

Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: Probably six or seven years old.

Q: Do you have any superstitions on game day?
A: Not really, I don’t really have any superstitions. As far as routines, not too much, I kind of say a little prayer to myself, keep it private and then just try and focus on the game.

Q: If you could play with any basketball player, who would it be?
A: Probably Michael Jordan. I always wanted to see what kind of intensity he has and mental focus, and playing next to him would probably make me better and want to learn more.

Q: What is your favorite moment of your career?
A: Sophomore or freshman year when we beat Madonna, everyone played hard and such a team oriented thing. It was such a hard-loving environment, that win was just something I felt good about.

Q: How would you describe your time at UM-Dearborn?
A: Very beneficial as a player. I think I learned a lot and grew up as a man, I built some friends that will be at my wedding and take to the grave and it’s a beautiful thing. I met some great people and getting the opportunity to get an education it really entitles a lot of things together so it was very good for me.

Q: When was the first time you dunked and what did you think after?
A: At Robichaud High School, I was probably in 10th grade. It was achievement and shock I had never done it in a real game just on the courts.

Q: Who do you model your game after?
A: Michael Jordan. Just because he scores in multiple ways, he can do more than one thing, he’s a guy you look to as a leader so I try and mold my game after him.

Q: Favorite thing to do outside of basketball?
A: I like to stay with sports. I like to play golf or watch football. I usually stay into sports things so just playing some golf or playing football outside with my friends as long as it’s competitive I usually try and do it.

Q: What music artists do you listen to on game days?
A: I usually listen to a lot of hip-hop and rap. I kind of just have a playlist, so I might go down to Tupac and Biggie for some games and then I might kick it new school with Rick Ross and Meek Millz. It all just depends on the vibe but mostly hip-hop and rap; the beats just get me going.

Q: Most embarrassing moment of your career?
A: I lost my shoe on defense and a guy kicked it, so I played a full possession, probably 35 seconds, without one shoe and everyone was kind of laughing and it was kind of embarrassing, but we ended up getting a rebound so it ended up being a good thing.