By Bryant Marks
Richard Bland College men’s basketball is experiencing a resurgence this season under new head coach, Andrew Lacey, and one of the main driving forces behind this team is 6’7” Sophomore forward, Kenneth Southerland.
Southerland’s impact can be felt in every aspect of the game. Whether he is swatting shots into the rafters on defense or dunking defenders into the ground on offense, Southerland is a force to be reckoned with for the Statesmen. He is averaging 17.3 points per game, which ranks inside the top-20 for the Region X Conference while pulling down an average of 8.8 rebounds a game. He has logged double figures in every contest he has played more than 10 minutes. On the season he has five double-doubles and is shooting almost 60% from the floor. Some of his standout games include a 41-point career-high against Brunswick Community College, a 31-point performance against Harcum College, and a 25-point and 15 rebound game against CCBC Catonsville.
Southerland is most effective around the rim as he has the ability to go over his defenders for the powerful finish or go right around them with his quickness. Not only is Southerland big in the post and around the basket, but defenses better be on the lookout when the Statesmen get the ball in transition, as Southerland runs the court just as well as any guard and is adding names to his list of poster dunks.
He has led the Statesmen to an 8-7 record through half the season and a 1-0 record in the NJCAA Division I Region X Conference. The Statesmen are currently riding a hot streak where they have won their last three contests and have also not dropped a game at Statesman Hall, their home arena. Watch out for Kenneth Southerland as he leads his Richard Bland Statesmen full steam ahead into the rest of the season as the team will match up against conference rivals one after another.