Despite Injury He's Fair Game

Unfortunately C.J. Fair wasn't able to play throughout the summer due to an injury, but that hasn't stopped college coaches from recruiting him.

Athletes often have to deal with adversity, and no one in the high school ranks is learning that more than Baltimore (Md.) City College standout C.J. Fair.

"My summer was kind of hard because I got injured the last day of school," the 2010 prospect said. "I tore my ACL, so I haven't been able to play this summer. Basically my summer was therapy and stuff like that."

"It really hurt," Fair continued. "Watching my team go to tournaments without me was hard."

The 6-foot-7, 185-pound forward isn't sure when he'll be back on the court at full strength, but according to his father, Carl Fair, the plan is to have him back midway through the upcoming high school season.

"Right now I'm still going through therapy and I'm working in the pool," the younger Fair said. "Basically I'm working out and trying to get to where I can start playing again."

With his injury, and being forced to miss the July evaluation period, his recruitment remains in the beginning stages. But that doesn't mean a number of school haven't shown interest.

"We are just trying to take it slow," Carl Fair said. "With him getting hurt we've just been concentrating on rehab. That's been our priority right now."

Fair claims early interest from Louisville, Kentucky, N.C. State, Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Xavier, Boston College, Kansas, Wake Forest and Texas.

"It's coming along good," the younger Fair said about his recruitment. "I'm basically in the beginning stages."

Despite the injury, a number of schools are making plans to show up at open gyms at City College. Virginia is set to come in this week, while Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Texas and N.C. State are making plans to come in next week.

Once the college basketball season begins, Fair plans to take a few unofficial visits, but don't expect a college announcement out of him until next year.

"I think I'll probably make my decision at the beginning of the summer or in the spring," Fair said.

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