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Darryl Eugene Strawberry
Nickname D. J.
Position Point guard/shooting guard
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League Serie A
Team Fortitudo Bologna
Born June 15, 1985 (1985-06-15) (age 24)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
High school Mater Dei
College Maryland
Draft 2nd round, 59th overall, 2007
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2007–present
Former teams Phoenix Suns (2007–2008)

Darryl Eugene "D. J." Strawberry, Jr. (born June 15, 1985 in New York City) is an American professional basketball player, currently with Italy's Fortitudo Bologna.

He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry.

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High school

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.

College

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.

Professional career

Strawberry was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 59th selection in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was signed on August 28, 2007 to a two-year contract.[1]

On December 18, 2007, it was announced he was assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League.[2] 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.[3]

On August 25, 2008, he was traded to the Houston Rockets for Sean Singletary,[4] but was waived on October 24. At the end of that month, he joined Italian club Fortitudo Bologna.[5]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Phoenix 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 .8 .9 .4 .2 2.2
Career 33 0 8.2 .315 .240 .474 .8 .9 .4 .1 2.2

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Phoenix 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 1 0 5.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 .0

References

  1. ^ Suns sign D.J. Strawberry
  2. ^ Phoenix recalls D-League performer of the week Tucker
  3. ^ Tucker heads to D-League, Strawberry is recalled
  4. ^ Suns trade Strawberry to Rockets for rookie guard Singletary
  5. ^ Fortitudo Bologna lands D.J. Strawberry

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