Wednesday , Jan , 19 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Maryland loses Strawberry for season

College Park, MD (Sports Network) – Maryland will be without guard D.J.
Strawberry for the remainder of the season after the sophomore tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice earlier in the

The 6-foot-5 Strawberry, who started three of Maryland’s 14 games this season,
was averaging 7.1 points in 21.4 minutes for the Terrapins. He also ranked
15th in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 24 steals in 14 games.

“We will miss D.J.’s aggressiveness and experience,” said Maryland head coach
Gary Williams. “D.J. is an outstanding team player. He is willing to do the
‘little things’ that do not always show up on the stat sheet.”

Strawberry, the son of former major league star Darryl Strawberry, is
scheduled for surgery sometime in February and will need at least six months
of recovery time.

“I would like to thank all of the fans for their support since my arrival at
Maryland,” said Strawberry. “I promise all of them that I’ll be working hard
to rehab when the time comes. I want to come back from this as a better
basketball player.”

The Terrapins (10-4,1-2 ACC) host Virginia on Wednesday.