Syracuse shooter James Southerland out due to academic issue
Syracuse lost Fab Melo a year ago due to academics. Now the Orange will be without senior shooter James Southerland due to an academic issue, sources told CBSSports.com. Southerland is out indefinitely and missed Saturday's game against Villanova.
The school released a statement just before the team's game against Villanova on Saturday saying Southerland will not participate in competition until further notice due to an eligibility matter.
A year ago, the Orange took a significant hit when starting center Fab Melo was ultimately dismissed from the team for an academic issue. Now it's Jim Boeheim's top perimeter shooter whose eligibility is in question.
The 6-foot-8 senior is averaging 13.6 points per game and is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. His absence, which is indefinitely at this time, will make an impact on a team that will now rely on redshirt freshman Trevor Cooney to make shots from deep.
Southerland has struggled with his 3-point shot recently, going 1 of 8 against Providence, but has also displayed the ability to get going from deep. He was 9 of 13 from beyond the arc in a win over Arkansas.
CBSSports.com was told by a source that there's still uncertainty regarding how long Southerland will remain suspended -- or even whether he'll return to the team.
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