In case you’ve been off the internet for the last month or so, Boeheim’s Army has returned for the latest iteration of The Basketball Tournament, a $2 million winner-take-all single elimination tournament. The Syracuse Orange alumni team has competed for the last two years, still looking to make it’s first final weekend run.
Boeheim’s Army felt that the team as currently constructed could use a little more oomf. They recently became eligible by including DaShonte Riley, bringing the team total to 7. This afternoon, they added a name everyone should remember:
James Southerland was a four-year player at Syracuse, averaging 13.9 ppg as a senior. Known best for his three point range, Southie made 143 threes during his Orange career, shooting 37% from behind the arc. Some of the shooter’s top accolades at Syracuse included a Final Four run and a 35-point career-high game early in his senior campaign.
Southerland would then go undrafted after his final Orange season, deciding not to be drafted by the Spurs and eventually signing with the Charlotte Bobcats after summer league play with the 76ers and Warriors. Most recently, Southerland was playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, where he averaged 13.7 points in 27 minutes a night.
Southerland played for Boeheim’s Army last season, though only after the team advanced into the second weekend as “The Ringer,” a tournament roster rule not in effect for this year. The full field will be released June 6, with games taking place in July. Welcome back to wearing Orange, James!