D.J. Strawberry, a 6-foot-4 guard who is the son of former major-league baseball player Darryl Strawberry, has given the Maryland men's basketball program an oral commitment and is expected to sign with the Terrapins in November, a source close to the school's recruiting efforts confirmed.
Strawberry, a senior at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., who averaged 11.5 points last season, chose the defending national champion Terps over Florida State and DePaul.
He visited Maryland last week and is considered by the coaching staff to be a potential contributor at either guard position.
Maryland already has received oral commitments from 6-5 guard Michael Jones and 7-foot center Will Bowers. Jones, out of Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., is rated one of the nation's top shooting guard prospects. Bowers attends Archbishop Spalding and figures to give the Terps a defensive presence immediately.
The Terps need to secure a commitment from one more recruit to round out their incoming class of 2003. According to a source familiar with the school's recruiting strategy, that player will be either 6-8 forward Terrence Roberts, 6-9 forward Ekene Ibekwe or 6-10 center Hassan Fofana.
Roberts, who plays at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., is the player Maryland most covets. He is expected to visit the Terps during their Midnight Madness celebration. That event, which precedes the official start of basketball practice, will be held at the new Comcast Center on Oct. 11. Roberts is also being recruited aggressively by Syracuse.
Ibekwe, who plays at Carson (Calif.) Senior High School, visited Maryland this month and also is being courted by Kansas and Arizona.
Fofana, a 270-pound force in the low post, plays for Holy Name Central Catholic High in Worcester, Mass., and is being recruited by Connecticut and Wake Forest.
Maryland also had been recruiting 6-10 center Courtney Sims, out of Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. Sims, however, has committed to Michigan.