C.J.'s Return Makes Future Better Than Fair

One of the integral pieces to Syracuse's success in the 2012-13 season has decided to stay put and attempt another run at greatness with the Orange. More inside.

The Syracuse Orange upcoming 2013-14 men's basketball season just became a little bit brighter with forward C.J. Fair's decision to return to the team for his senior campaign.

"After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I decided another year at Syracuse was best for me," said Fair. "I'm excited about working hard with my teammates to put together another great season and graduating has also been a goal of mine."

"This is great news for our basketball program and for C.J.," Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim stated. "I believe he's just going to keep getting better and better as a basketball player and earning his degree is important."

Fair ended his junior season atop all Syracuse players with 14.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game.

He aided the Orange through their final Big East Conference Tournament all the way to the championship match, following that with upping his performance to 15.4 points per game through five NCAA Tournament matches, helping Syracuse to a berth in the Final Four.

In all 40 Orange contests, Fair stepped onto the court as a starter, playing the entire game at times. He ended 32 of the 40 games in double-figures in points.

Fair also met and surpassed 1,000 career points in the during the 2012-13 season, making him the 58th player in Orange history to accomplish such a feat.

"C.J. Fair is a great character student-athlete who is on track to graduate, and obviously a tremendous player," Syracuse University Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross remarked. "We are confident his continued progress will allow him to become the nation's top player and a viable candidate for the Naismith, Rupp, Wooden awards and other All-American honors. We look forward to him leading our team as we enter the ACC. We all feel that his senior season will be remarkable."

Syracuse University Athletics contributed to this report.

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