As we reported on our most recent featured story, Syracuse has been spiraling downward without New York native James Southerland. As reported by Zagsblog, James Southerland was cleared to play after winning his appeal.
Syracuse got a major boost for the stretch run Sunday when senior James Southerland was cleared to play after winning his appeal.
The 6-foot-8 Queens, N.Y., native will debut at 3 p.m. against St. John’s at the Carrier Dome.
“SO PUMPED UP NOW!! I won the appeal and I’ll see you guys at 3 at the Carrier Dome. James is Baaaccckkk BABYYY!!!!,” he Tweeted.
On Jan. 12, the school announced that Southerland was out until further notice due to an eligibility matter that was deemed academic in nature.
He missed six games, during which the Orange went 4-2.
When he went out, he was Syracuse’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13. 6 points to go with 5.2 rebounds.
He should be a key addition down the stretch. A year ago, Syracuse lost Fab Melo for the NCAA Tournament and it hurt them as they lost to Ohio State in the Elite 8.