New SU Basketball Target?
Syracusefan.com continues to bring subscribers the latest breaking news in SU hoops recruiting, as today we have the scoop on a highly touted junior who'll be visiting campus this weekend.
Baltimore wing prospect C.J. Fair will be making the trip North to check out SU's campus, facilities and coaching staff, he told us Monday evening.
"I'm going to go up to Syracuse on Friday," said Fair, the No. 48 player in the Class of 2010 according to Scout.com.
Syracuse has come on strong with Fair after not having much contact with the silky smooth 6-8 forward until recently, when head coach Jim Boeheim stopped in at fair's stomping grounds, Baltimore City College.
"They have been interested but they didn't know how to get a hold of me. They came to my school a month ago and said they saw me in the spring, at the LeBron James camp or something like that. They told me that if reporters ask me if Syracuse has offered, to say yes," he said
Fair is coming off of a visit to Virginia that he enjoyed immensely, having bonded with head coach Dave Letiao and being impressed by the strong character of the student athletes there. He also has offers from Louisville, which he visited last summer, as well as N.C. State, Xavier and Kentucky. Maryland, Wake Forest and Florida are in contact as well.
"I want to see the way I fit in with [each f the schools]," said Fair. "I like an up and down system. I like to get out and score a lot."
Fair is exceptionally skilled for a 6-foot8 junior, and sees himself as a shooting guard-small forward on the next level. He sustained a torn ACL on the last day of school last spring and missed the AAU circuit. He's now moving toward full health, however – a rebuilding process that obviously has been noticed by college recruiters, who call his father's phone every day.
"I'm not 100 percent yet but I' getting closer to that. Everything is going well. At first it was really hard because you have to rehab and start working so hard right away," he said.
Fair, who averaged 22 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore, is well aware of the connection Syracuse has to the Baltimore area hoops scene.
"I know they have always had a connection with Baltimore players. I think Syracuse would be a great fit for me," he said.
His father, a coach with the Baltimore Stars AAU club, echoed those sentiments.
"I really like coach Boeheim and his style. As you know, Syracuse has probably had 20 players from our area the last decade or so," Carl Fair said.
The Fairs thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Louisville but have not been there during school; head coach Rick Pitino and the facilities were most impressive, Carl Fair said. So they're looking forward to seeing what Syracuse is like while the students are in session and the basketball program is gearing up for a season.
Though they're in no rush to make a commitment, it could come at any time when the time is right.
"It's a chance, you know. I've been saying that it's about timing and if someone is showing us love, there's no need to wait," Carl Fair said.
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