For Varina senior Kenneth Southerland, the journey is just beginning.
The lengthy, 6-7, 195-pound forward has signed to play basketball at Richard Bland College this upcoming season.
This comes on the heels of a breakout senior season, that turned heads all across the area.
Southerland averaged a double-double for the Blue Devils, 15 points and 10 rebounds a game, en route to a 21-7 season record. He developed a knack for playing above the rim, and wowed gyms with athletic dunks throughout the season. Varina coach Andrew Lacey acknowledged that “the college game is played above the rim” and Southerland´s skills should translate well.
Playing at Richard Bland will give Southerland time to fill out his athletic frame and hone his skills. Richard Bland is powerhouse division II JUCO and finished fourth in the NJCAA division II tournament this past season. Coach Lacey is excited to see what his forward is truly capable of.
“Kenny has a tremendous upside to his playing career,” he stated. “I feel his better days are ahead of him. As long as he keeps working hard to be a student of the game, the sky’s the limit.”
Southerland’s potential has been recognized by others as well. Phenom Hoop report scout and recruiting analyst, Frank Bennett (@NorkfolkKnights on twitter) likes his buoyancy and athleticism.
Richard Bland seemed to be the clear choice for Southerland.
Its close to home and will help him achieve his ultimate goal.
“To become the best I can be and hopefully I can go to a D1 school leaving there,” said Southerland when talking about his aspirations.
A year in Petersburg could mold Southerland into a special athletic talent. Though one chapter of his life has come to a close, the story is far from over.