D. J. Strawberry
|No. 24 – Cibona Zagreb|
|Point guard / Shooting guard|
June 15, 1985 |
New York City, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|2011–2012||Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem|
|2013||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
A graduate of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, Strawberry built a reputation for hard-nosed defense. During his senior year, he was involved in a nationally-televised matchup against St. Vincent - St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio, where he was assigned the task of defending their star player and future NBA superstar LeBron James. Strawberry was lauded for his efforts, which included holding James to a 33% shooting performance (0-for-8 from beyond the three-point line) and forcing him into seven turnovers.
At 6-feet 5-inches tall, Strawberry assumed the role of a swingman for the Maryland Terrapins, and he was much valued for his on-the-ball defense. He averaged nearly 2 steals per game, leading his team in that category. He was also valued for his off-the-bench intensity; it is felt that Maryland's absence from the 2005 NCAA Tournament was due in no small part to a season-ending ACL injury Strawberry suffered in mid-January of that year.
While he was primarily a swingman, a lack of depth pressed Strawberry into the role of point guard during his junior year. He had various degrees of success in this new role, leading the team in both assists (4.0) and turnovers per game (2.9).
Strawberry received Honorable Mention All-ACC Freshman honors. During his junior year, he received Honorable Mention All-ACC Defensive Team honors, becoming the eighth player in Maryland history to lead the team in both steals and assists. In his senior season, Strawberry was voted to second team All-ACC.
NBA D-League (2007-2008)
On December 18, 2007, it was announced he was assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League. He was named Performer of the Week for the week ending January 6. Strawberry was recalled to the Suns in place of another rookie, Alando Tucker, on January 10, 2008.
In April, 2009, he suffered a meniscus injury to his left knee, ending his season in Italy. He then returned to the United States for surgery, and in July, 2009 he began a 6-month program in Los Angeles.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Suns sign D.J. Strawberry
- Phoenix recalls D-League performer of the week Tucker
- Tucker heads to D-League, Strawberry is recalled
- Suns trade Strawberry to Rockets for rookie guard Singletary
- Fortitudo Bologna lands D.J. Strawberry
- Reno Bighorns announce they have acquired two new players
- Lakers 2010 Summer League Schedule and Roster | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
- New Orleans Hornets add two players before training camp | NOLA.com
- "Bighorns Re-Sign D.J. Strawberry". KOLOTV.com. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- L. RYTAS tops backcourt with Strawberry
- Hapoel strengthen their roster with Strawberry
- "Cibona officially pens a deal with DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Capitanes de Arecibo sign DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 22 June 2013.