D. J. Strawberry
Strawberry with Gran Canaria in 2019
|No. 11 – Orléans Loiret Basket|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||LNB Pro A|
|Born||June 15, 1985|
New York City, New York
|Nationality||American / Cameroonian|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||207 lb (94 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|
|2014||Piratas de Quebradillas|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Darryl Eugene "D. J." Strawberry Jr. (born June 15, 1985) is an American-Cameroonian professional basketball player for Orléans Loiret Basket of the French Pro A. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry.
High school career
While living in Corona, California, Strawberry attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. During Strawberry's senior year at Mater Dei, he defended future NBA superstar LeBron James in a nationally televised matchup against St. Vincent–St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio. 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.
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 NBA summer 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 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. 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. 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 Pau-Lacq-Orthez of France for the rest of the season.
On June 27, 2014, he signed with Piratas de Quebradillas of Puerto Rico for the 2014 BSN season. On July 2, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Pınar Karşıyaka of the Turkish Basketball League. On July 2, 2015, he signed a two-year contract with the Greek club and EuroLeague powerhouse Olympiacos. After one season, he parted ways with Olympiacos. On July 22, 2016, Strawberry signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş for the 2016–17 season. On July 3, 2017, he re-signed with Beşiktaş for one more season.
Cameroon national team
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|
- D.J. STRAWBERRY basketball profile Nationality: USA-Cameroonian.
- "D.J. Strawberry". University of Maryland. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- 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. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. 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.
- "Strawberry won't continue in Olympiacos". Eurohoops.net. June 6, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "Besiktas announced D.J Strawberry". Eurohoops.net. July 22, 2016. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
- Besiktas re-signs DJ Strawberry
- "Herbalife Gran Canaria tabs DJ Strawberry - Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria". Club Baloncesto Gran Canaria. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
- "Orleans ink D.J. Strawberry". Sportando. October 31, 2019. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
- DJ Strawberry can play for Cameroon at AfroBasket