Syracuse Recruit Discusses Future

Syracuse Recruit Discusses Future

Reporter Brian Towey has story on James Southerland ...

James Southerland didn't want to leave Cardozo High School, but ultimately decided he needed to make a switch.

The 6-foot-7 forward and Syracuse commit has enrolled at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., with an eye toward qualifying for college for the 2008-2009 school year.

"I'm at Notre Dame Prep," said Southerland. "I haven't reclassified; I'm a senior.

"The reason I left was because of the class. I needed to go to an environment where I could focus on books and ball. I love (Cardozo coach Ron) Naclerio, and I didn't want to leave him, but I needed to go to an environment where I could focus on education, and where there wouldn't be any distractions."

Southerland suited up with the D-I Stars at the IS8 League in Queens this weekend, showing off a fluid stroke and blossoming sense of confidence. James looks poised for a standout year at Notre Dame, with his exceptional shooting ability, length (and ever-growing frame), and burgeoning floor game.

James seems that much more confident from a year ago, and more aggressive. As he continues to gain strength and improve his ball skills, as they say, the sky is the limit.

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