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Former Syracuse forward James Southerland to play in NBA Summer League with Utah Jazz

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Southerland most recently played in the G-League for the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

UPDATED: June 28, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.

Former Syracuse forward James Southerland, who went undrafted in 2013, will play for the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Summer League.

Southerland is one of nine former Syracuse players on a Summer League roster this year. The 6-foot-8 forward joins Tyler Roberson, Tyler Lydon, Rakeem Christmas, Michael Gbinije, Chris McCullough, Malachi Richardson, Andrew White and Kris Joseph.

This past season, Southerland played on the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3.

After the 2013 Final Four run with SU, Southerland has struggled to find himself a consistent role. He went undrafted in 2013 before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in the Orlando Summer League. He’d join the Golden State Warriors for the Las Vegas Summer League the same year. From then to now, Southerland has bounced around both the NBA and overseas leagues.

At Syracuse, Southerland was a solid off-the-bench scorer, even earning 11 starts his senior year. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game his last year, shooting nearly 40 percent from 3. The Orange’s deep NCAA Tournament run ended after Michigan handed SU a 61-56 loss. Southerland struggled that game, scoring just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Southerland and the Jazz begin Summer League play July 3.

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Tyler Cavanaugh was misstated as a former Syracuse player. Cavanaugh played for George Washington, not Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error.


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