James Southerland might be the most impressive player at Syracuse this year, surpassing even National Player of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams.
Southerland has been a bench player throughout his career, and that hasn't changed this year. However, he has gone from averaging 4.9 points per game to scoring 13.7 this year.
Southerland is a bit like James Harden when he was on the Oklahoma City Thunder, in the fact that he comes off the bench and immediately impacts the game. He is second on the team in scoring behind only Brandon Triche, and he is shooting 51.3 percent from the floor and 40.0 from three.
He is far from a one-trick pony, however, as he also grabs 5.1 rebounds per game. Southerland also plays tight defense, blocking 1.1 shots and snagging 1.3 steals per game in limited minutes.
Southerland leads the team in points per minute, and his emergence as arguably the best sixth man in the country has his stock soaring.