2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: James Southerland, Small Forward, Syracuse
Name: James Southerland
Position: Small Forward
Latest Stats: 13.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 apg
At 6-foot-8, Syracuse forward James Southerland has some intriguing tools as an NBA prospect. Southerland, who might be more directed more so as a power forward given his size, has more than enough ability to play on the perimeter. Southerland has continued to improve in four seasons at Syracuse, but this past year was by far his best and in turn, he has a shot at hearing his named called within the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Southerland has the ability to stretch the floor and shoot the three ball and given his size and length, he can play the perimeter on both sides of the basketball. Southerland had some eligibility issues early on in conference play this past year that somewhat derailed him, but he finished strong, scoring over 20 points on four separate occasions after returning.
Strengths: Southerland’s height and ability to stretch the floor and play the small forward position is key in terms of his NBA potential. His versatility has him on the radar of many NBA scouts, especially given his x-factor-like production for the Orange this past season. Southerland has good length and decent athleticism for the NBA level.
Weaknesses: Southerland needs to use his height and size more so to his advantage. Southerland was not all that physical in terms of attacking the glass in the half court. Prior to this past season, Southerland didn’t play more than 16 minutes a contest, so he only has one year under his belt or legitimate playing time.
Draft Projection: Late Second Round to Undrafted
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