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Syracuse Forward C.J. Fair Bypasses 2013 NBA Draft, Will Return to School For Senior Season

Kelley L. Cox-USA Today Sports

In the same afternoon in which Louisville star Russ Smith made the decision to return to school for his senior season, the Syracuse Orange have received some similar news in regards to C.J. Fair.

Fair, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Baltimore, Maryland, made the decision to return to school on Wednesday afternoon — a big boost for the Orange in 2013-14. Fair was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder this past season, helping key the Orange’s run to the Final Four. Fair averaged 14.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in 2012-13, a year that by far was his best in a Syracuse uniform.

Fair could’ve left Syracuse this off-season and had the opportunity to hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but this is probably a wise decision. The Orange are losing sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams to the NBA, but that was expected. Carter-Williams should be a lottery selection this upcoming June, but from Fair’s perspective, another year in college could help him improve his stock even more.

Fair is an improving, left-handed forward who very well could be a productive player at the next level. He has improved his numbers across the board in most categories since his freshman season and if he can continue that trend in 2013-14, Fair should see even more of an increase in his NBA Draft stock at this time next year.

 

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