Thursday, January 20, 2011

DJ Strawberry replaces Sarunas in Lithuania

A few weeks ago, Lithuanian powerhouse Lietuvos Rytas cut ties with Sarunas Jasikevicius shortly after he led them to qualifying for the Euroleague Top 16. Sarunas moved on to Fenerbahce Ulker, another Euroleague contender from Turkey, but Lietuvos Rytas has been having trouble moving on, going through several replacements for Sarunas, but not finding the right fit.

But this week, Lietuvos Rytas signed a new American guard to replace Sarunas: one DJ Strawberry (2003-07). Did you know that this young man is actually the son of former baseball player Darryl Strawberry? It's true! And all news stories about DJ are obligated to mention this little factoid!
Lietuvos Rytas addressed a need for backcourt depth with the signing of D.J. Strawberry for the remainder of the season. Strawberry (193, 25) arrives from Reno of the NBDL, where he averaged 13.9 points and 2.6 assists over 20 games this season. This marks his second stint in Europe after starting the 2008-09 season with Fortitudo Bologna. He averaged 14.7 points in six Eurocup games, including a 29-point effort in the season opener, but his time in Italy was cut short by a knee injury. Strawberry has been in the spotlight throughout his career. His father is former Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry [...]
In their opening game (a loss) of the Euroleague Top 16, Strawberry had not yet joined the team in Lithuania, but Drew Nicholas scored 10 points for the winning team, Panathinaikos. Yes, Strawberry and Nicholas will be competing in the same Top 16 group of four teams. And, when his suspension is over, Juan Dixon could be back with his old team, Unicaja, in the same group.

1 comment:

Emili Paz said...

Too bad Strawberry was unable to suit up in team to help his team. However, he will get that chance next week as L. Rytas hopes to take its first win for the Top 16 round. It is going to be a tough challenge for L. Rytas but not impossible either. If Strawberry turns out to be the perfect guard for this team, then expect them to go the distance in this competition.