LITTLE ROCK – Coach Shelly Davis watched the young woman dribble around the school gym, figured that she was a transfer, and penciled her in as Morrilton High School’s new point guard.
Shekinna Stricklen, 5-foot-6 at the time, was in the third grade……
Davis first contacted Tennessee when Stricklen was in the seventh grade. The coach cited a Sports Illustrated For Kids piece in which Stricklen said she wanted to grow up and play for the Lady Vols. A Pat Summitt assistant wanted to see the article so Davis made copies and forwarded them.
From that point on, UT people kept in touch.
A Tennessee assistant first saw Stricklen in the 10th grade and Summitt was in the stands for Stricklen’s final game of her junior year. Stricklen’s infatuation with Tennessee is rooted in seeing Chamique Holdsclaw play on TV when Stricklen was barely in elementary school.
Interesting piece. Some people really have the gift. The thing I learned today: how unselfish Stricklin was during high school ball.