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Suns Sign D.J. Strawberry

Strawberry should bring his defensive prowess to the Suns' backcourt.
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Posted: August 28, 2007

The Phoenix Suns announced today that they have signed rookie guard D.J. Strawberry, the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

“D.J. brings toughness, defense and athleticism to our team and we’re excited that he’s a part of our organization,” Suns President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr said. “The fact that he spent four years in college as part of a very strong program with a winning tradition is important.”

Strawberry, who tested as the best athlete at the Orlando Pre-Draft camp in June, blossomed in his senior season at Maryland posting career bests in scoring (14.9), rebounding (4.4) and steals (2.03) in 34 games played, and earned All-ACC Second Team and ACC All-Defensive Team honors.

The 6-5, 201-pound Terrapin guard surpassed the 1,000 career points mark last season and averaged 10.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.8 steals over his four-year collegiate career.

The Suns roster now stands at 12.