Strickland played in 16 games in his first year at UW during the 2018-19 season, averaging 1.8 points per game in 3.1 minutes per contest. He made nine of 21 attempts from the field overall and shot 4-of-8 from three-point range.
The Tampa, Fla., native scored a career-high 14 points and dished out six assists in 17 minutes during a non-conference win against Savannah State on Dec. 13.
However, he played sparingly during the Big Ten Conference season, playing in just seven contests since the Jan. 6 win at Penn State.
Thank you to my teammates, my brothers, for everything y’all have done for me. I’ll always root for your success. I also want to thank Coach Gard and staff for giving me this opportunity, but at this time I have decided to transfer from Wisconsin and continue my career elsewhere. pic.twitter.com/ffr56CPF7b— Tai Strickland (@taistrickland13) March 26, 2019
Strickland showcased some developing skills late in games, and as noted in one of our recent Bucky’s 5th Podcast episodes, he displayed the tendency to show some “WOW” plays as a member of the scout team.
Heading into next season, D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Kobe King, Brevin Pritzl and Trevor Anderson will now likely be competing for minutes in the backcourt. What head coach Greg Gard now does with an open scholarship will also be something to watch for who remains unsigned for the current 2019 class and the upcoming 2020 class.
A couple of teammates responded to Strickland’s departure via social media:
Love you always brother ❤️❤️ can’t wait to see what you do with your next opportunity!! https://t.co/DmqQtsZgjw— Taylor Currie (@_swaggyt33) March 26, 2019