Boeheim’s Army has finalized it roster for The Basketball Tournament. In this Eight-Part Series we will look at all eight players set to suit up for the Army, as well as what they’ve been doing since they left Syracuse Basketball.
James Southerland, who played for Boeheim’s Army last year as the “Ringer”, according to Syracuse.com, is returning this year in a more full-time capacity. Known as a tall, but physical forward with except shooting skills, he is a huge asset for this year’s Army.
During his Syracuse Basketball days, Southerland was an Andy Rautins-type player. His specialty was the three-point shot, and he made them in a lot of big moments. For his Syracuse career he averaged eight points per game, three rebounds, one assist, and one block per game, while going 37% from three-point range, according to Sports-Reference.com.
Though undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats signed him. He would only appear in one game, and played about three minutes and not score, according to Basketball.RealGM.com. He was placed on waivers by the Bobcats that December.
He would spend the next couple months in the D-League with Los Angeles D-fenders averaging about 15 points per game. Luckily, he was picked up by the New Orleans Pelicans in April 2014 and managed to appear in three games, scoring 14 points.
After that stint with the Pelicans, Southerland played for several international teams. In 2014, Southerland played for CSP Limoges in France. The next year he played for Mitteldeutscher BC in Germany and Vanoli Cremona in Italy, according to Basketball.RealGM.com.
In the past year (2016), he played for Boeheim’s Army, as well as in the D-League for the Santa Cruz Warriors. While, with the Warriors, he played much better than internationally, scoring about 14 points a game, and nabbing eight rebounds per contest.
He is not someone who Boeheim’s Army will count on to carry the scoring load. He will, however, fit perfectly as a bench player. I can especially see him filling in if the bigs down low need a rest, or we to create offense when we’re struggling.
He’s good in small doses, and his wingspan can intercept passes for steals. If he is anything like what he used to be, he should be more than adequate for that role this summer.