Draft Primer: James Southerland

With his college days now behind him, Southerland is preparing in hopes of continuing to remain on the hard court. His former coach provides his take on the New York product inside.

James Southerland worked himself worthy of earning starter's minutes in his senior season.

Even when he came off the bench in the 2012-13 campaign, Southerland's minutes reflected him more as a starter.

From his freshman season through to his senior year, Southerland went from playing in an average of 7.5 minutes per game to just under 30 of the 40 regulation minutes per game.

As his time increased, so did his output. Southerland began with an average of a little over three points per contest and ended with a little over 13 points per contest.

Southerland also raised his averages in rebounds, assists, and steals per game each season while a member of the Syracuse Orange.

"Well he's really gotten better," said Boeheim. "It's a great story. He needed a lot of work. He wasn't a highly-recruited player. He sat. He learned. He got better. And he left a very accomplished player, a great shooter, and a guy that improved, got better, defensively."

"[He] got the most out of his talent, which you like to see a player do and he was very instrumental in us getting to the Final Four," Boeheim added.

With the NBA Draft fast-approaching, Southerland has been working out to show teams what he can offer if given the opportunity to play for them.

As far as his former coach, Southerland has Boeheim's support. "He'll play somewhere," Boeheim stated. "He's got a unique talent. He shoots the ball better than most and that's always a talent that can be used in the NBA and it certainly can be used overseas. So, I think he's gonna be able to play professionally somewhere and make a good living playing basketball."

The NBA Draft begins on Thursday, June 27th, at 7pm ET, from the Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.

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