The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Saginaw High (Mich.) junior big man, who plays with the Michigan Mustangs, was still more than content with his play – and the result of it – this past summer.
``It was a great experience," Southern said. "I felt I played pretty good and I got some nice looks.
``I know I could have gotten more attention with other AAU programs and they are still trying to get me to come over there, but Norm (Oden) is a great guy and I like playing with the Mustangs."
Loyalty. Certainly not a trait that's shared by too many of his peers.
Southern is a hard-working big man who can knock down the 15-foot jumper, but realizes he needs to be more of a dominant force in the paint. He averaged a dozen points and a dozen boards as a sophomore last season.
``The first thing for me is academics," Southern said. "Then the next thing is a good basketball program."