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Orange And The NBA Draft: Brandon Triche Works Out For Knicks; James Southerland A 1st-Round Pick?

Two Syracuse basketball NBA prospects, Brandon Triche and James Southerland, are doing their best to get noticed before June 27.


While everyone tries to figure out where the heck former Syracuse Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams is going in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, two other Orange players, guard Brandon Triche and forward James Southerland, are trying their best to get noticed by draft decision makers.

On Wednesday, SU's winningest player of all-time, Triche, traveled to Greenburgh, NY to work out for the New York Knicks. According to the SNY.TV's ZagsBlog, it was another step in the guard's journey to hopefully go from an undrafted prospect to a player teams may want to pick come June 27.

It means a lot just to be part of any NBA workout," Triche said after battling Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan in the workout. "But [the] Knicks, I’m from New York, I’m from Syracuse so just for my family to be able to see me play on a regular basis is a big thing for me. But the ultimate goal was to be able to make an NBA team and put myself in that position."

According to Triche, the workouts have been going well.

"It went pretty good actually," he said. "I think it’s been my best workout so far. I was able to shoot the 3-point shot the best out of the four places I’ve been so just to be able to compete with some of the best guys that’s going into the draft, it’s definitely an opportunity for me to take advantage of and I think I did that today."

Triche has now worked out at the Nets combine and with the Detroit Pistons, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Sacramento Kings and now the Knicks. He works out for the Lakers next week.

Meanwhile, Southerland has moved up into the first round of The Big Lead's first-round mock draft. Author Jason McIntyre says this about J-Smooth:

28 San Antonio Spurs – James Southerland, SF, Syracuse. He’s a better defending version of Matt Bonner, and he’ll light teams up from deep.

Take McIntyre's prediction for what it is worth, however, it is good for Southerland if he's getting noticed.