ABCD: Pitino shows interest in NY JR forward

James Southerland is one of the better players in New York. That's why Louisville coach Rick Pitino went to Cardozo High School last season to watch the smooth 6'7, 200-pound forward in action. Southerland played last week at the ABCD Camp in New Jersey and's Mike Sullivan has the latest.

James Southerland, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward from Cardozo High School in Bayside, N.Y., recently competed at the ABCD Reebok sponsored camp. Southerland, a smooth shooting player from Floral Park, N.Y., is likely to be among the better players in the 2008 class.

His coach, Ron Naclerio, said several schools are already showing interest.

"Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Florida, Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse, St. John's, and UCONN are showing interest," he said. "He's open. This summer is a good challenge for him."

Naclerio said Louisville and Virginia Tech have already been at the school to meet Southerland, who possesses a nice jumper for a player his size.

"Virginia Tech has been to the school twice," stated Naclerio. "And coach Pitino has visited the school too."

Southerland, who wore number 93 at the ABCD camp this past weekend, averaged four points and three rebounds in 16 minutes of play. In a camp that usually sees guards dominate offensively, Southerland did well enough for schools to watch him again this summer. James shot 47 percent from the field.

"He can be a good player," Naclerio said of Southerland, who averaged 14.5 point and 8.8 rebounds as a sophomore. "He has to work hard."

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