James Southerland, SF/PF, Syracuse
Southerland, who started just 13 games in his four seasons at Syracuse, is widely regarded as one of the more adept 3-point shooters in the Draft. He shot 39.8 percent from distance his senior year and his 7-foot-1 wingspan makes his shot difficult to contest. The fact that Southerland was a major contributor to a Final Four team is certainly another positive. He’s athletic, rangy, competes on defense and shot 79 percent from the foul line last season. He is most often projected as a late second-round pick in recent mocks.
According to Jacob Stallard of NBA Draft.net, Southerland is somewhat of a one-dimensional offensive player, but his shooting prowess should give an opportunity in the league. “[He] plays with good energy and is streaky. When he gets hot, watch out,” Stallard wrote. “[He has] excellent shooting form, one of this class’ best pure shooters.”
Pre-Draft Combine measurements and results, according to NBA.com: