D. J. Strawberry
|No. 8 – Olympiacos|
|League||Greek Basket League
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|
|2013||Capitanes de Arecibo|
|2013–2014||Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez|
|2014||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Darryl Eugene "D. J." Strawberry, Jr. (born June 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry.
High school career
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.
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 (2007–08)
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.
On August 25, 2008, he was traded to the Houston Rockets for Sean Singletary, but was waived on October 24. Six days later, he signed with the Italian club Fortitudo Bologna for the rest of the season.
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.
In July 2010, Strawberry joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2010 NBASummer League. On September 17, 2010, he was signed by the New Orleans Hornets to a non-guaranteed one-year deal. However, he was later waived by the Hornets on October 20. Afterwards, Strawberry re-signed with the Reno Bighorns. On January 18, 2011, he signed with BC Lietuvos rytas of Lithuania until the end of the 2010–11 season.
On August 26, 2011, Strawberry signed a two-year deal with the Israeli club Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem. After one season in which he averaged 15,6 points in the Israeli League, he parted ways with Hapoel on June 25, 2012.
On September 20, 2012, Strawberry signed with the Croatian club Cibona Zagreb. On June 22, 2013, Strawberry signed with the Capitanes de Arecibo of Puerto Rico for the 2013 BSN season. On July 12, 2013, he re-signed with Cibona. On December 25, 2013, he was released by Cibona due to financial problems of the club. Two days later, he signed with Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez of France for the rest of the 2013–14 LNB Pro A season.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|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|
|2008–09||GMAC Bologna||Lega A||19||27.3||.432||.247||.589||3.2||1.1||1.6||.4||11.1|
|BC Lietuvos rytas||Lithuania LKL||19||16.9||.383||.280||.600||1.9||2.2||1.2||.4||5.5|
|VTB United League||3||19.7||.571||.200||.500||1.7||2.7||1.3||.0||7.0|
|2011–12||Hapoel Jerusalem B.C.||Ligat HaAl||29||32.2||.487||.331||.636||3.9||2.2||1.6||.2||15.6|
|2012–13||KK Cibona||Croatian A-1 Liga||18||30.2||.556||.377||.636||5.3||2.2||2.2||.1||14.3|
|2013||Capitanes de Arecibo||BSN||7||25.4||.694||.348||.579||3.4||1.3||.6||.3||12.1|
|2013–14||KK Cibona||Adriatic League||13||30.8||.472||.432||.657||4.1||2.8||1.0||.2||11.4|
|Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez||LNB Pro A||16||32.6||.420||.333||.707||3.8||3.0||1.9||.1||15.4|
|2014||Piratas de Quebradillas||BSN||10||30.2||.419||.429||.550||3.9||1.5||1.0||.6||11.0|
- D. J. Strawberry Recruiting Profile
- 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.
- Rockets waive DJ Strawberry
- Fortitudo Bologna lands D.J. Strawberry.
- Fortitudo, Strawberry to undero surgery
- Reno Bighorns announce they have acquired two new players
- Lakers 2010 Summer League Schedule and Roster | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS
- HORNETS SIGN D.J. STRAWBERRY AND DARRYL WATKINS
- New Orleans Hornets waive guard D.J. Strawberry, roster now stands at 15
- "Bighorns Re-Sign D.J. Strawberry". KOLOTV.com. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
- Lietuvos Rytas tops backcourt with Strawberry
- Hapoel Migdal lands DJ Strawberry for two years
- Strawberry, Randle, Bradley and Thomas leave Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
- "Cibona officially pens a deal with DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- "Capitanes de Arecibo sign DJ Strawberry". Sportando. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- "Cibona keep DJ Strawberry". Sportando.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2014.
- "Cibona otpustila američki dvojac" (in Croatian). Crosarka.com. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "Pau-Orthez announced DJ Strawberry". Sportando.net. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
- "DJ Strawberry signs with Piratas de Quebradillas". Sportando.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014.
- "Pinar Karsiyaka lands DJ Strwarberry". Sportando.com. July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
- "Olympiacos adds Strawberry flavor to roster". Euroleague.net. July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- Euroleague.net Profile
- DraftExpress.com profile
- Greek Basket League Profile (Greek)
- Italian League Profile (Italian)
- FIBA.com profile
- Eurobasket.com profile
- NBA.com Profile
- ESPN.com profile
- NBA.com draft prospect profile
- Maryland Terrapins profile