Southwell, one of the better players in the area who can impact on both ends of the court, is in the midst of his high school season.
Southwell plays for one of the top basketball programs in the country, Rice, a team that always challenges for the NYCHSAA title.
He previously competed at All Hallows High School in the Bronx before transferring to Rice High School in Manhattan two seasons ago. He became eligible in January of 2009 for Rice.
BRIAN TOWEY'S PREVIOUS EVALUATION:
A long, slender wing, the ambidextrous Southwell has point forward-type skills, with excellent vision and playmaking ability. Southwell is able to survey the floor and find open mates or slash to the basket.
COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST:
Southwell has committed to Kansas State, a program that has done an impressive job of recruiting lately in the New York City area.
WHAT SOUTHWELL SAID PREVIOUSLY ABOUT KANSAS STATE: "What I liked best was the fact they want me two come in and play a combo guard role. I was comfortable with the coaching staff and players too."
He previously had serious and strong recruiting interest from St. John's, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Marquette, West Virginia, South Florida, Providence, South Carolina, Seton Hall, and Miami of Florida.
SOUTHWELL ON HIS INDIVIDUAL GAME:
My game has changed. I put on a couple of pounds. I think I gained some strength. My jump shot has gotten better. My defense has gotten way better. My whole game has gotten better."
-- Brian Towey contributed to this story