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C.J. Fair

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 218
  • Birthdate: 09/13/1991
  • College: Syracuse
Prospect Analysis


  • Good midrange offensive game
  • Good rebounder
  • Consistent
  • Length
  • Competes
  • Projects as solid defender



  • Has to get stronger
  • Tweener position-wise
  • Doesn’t have one standout skill


NBA projection: Fair has been projected as a second-round pick.


2013-14 Season

After considering entering the NBA Draft in 2013, Fair returned to school and led the Orange in scoring for the second straight season. He earned first-team All-ACC and second-team All-America honors.


Key statistics: 16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.5 tpg, 37.8 mpg, .429 FG, .276 3PT, .725 FT


Cool statistic: Only two players in Syracuse history, Brandon Triche (145) and Stephen Thomson (144) played in more games than Fair (143). He was a part of teams that averaged right at 30 wins over his four-year career (119, 29.75).



Reminds me of: Dorell Wright


What Insiders Say

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

“C.J.’s been very solid, very consistent. He’s that kind of player. He’s just a really solid, really good player.”


David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Small Forwards | Rank: No. 7
TNT Analyst David Aldridge breaks down the top prospects at each position
Fair also struggled to shoot from distance, making just 27.6 percent of his threes, though he had a strong season for Syracuse, leading the Orange in scoring and being named first-team all ACC. He had big moments, including 28 points in Syracuse's win over Duke in February.


"I think C.J. is right there with" Hood, one admirer said. "He's going to, like all Syracuse guys, get tested defensively to see how he adjusts. But he's got a good offensive skill set." More>>



-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch