October 21, 2008

Fair talks commitment

Baltimore (MD)Baltimore City College High power forward C.J. Fair had a handful of scholarship offers when the school year started, but it was the last offer he got that made him commit early. Syracuse offered Fair about a month ago and a visit over the weekend sealed the deal.

Fair, 6-foot-7, 200 pounds was very impressed on his visit to Syracuse not only by the way the Orange had planned the trip, but other items stuck out for him.

"The trip went good and in the morning I went to their practice and right when I walked into the Carrier Dome my eyes lit up. I was just picturing like 40,000 fan crowd and myself there," Fair said. "When I went down there they had the whole game plan laid out if I was to come there and I can go there and make an immediate impact. I was talking to Jim Boeheim for a minute and he is really excited for me to come. I just felt a real good connection there."

Rob Murphy was the coach that recruited Fair for the Orange and he might have been the most shocked when Fair decided to pick Syracuse.

"I had told Coach Murphy that day I wasn't going to commit and that I was going to go back home and talk about it with my father and then make my decision. Right before I left Coach Boeheim came in and I told him I was going to commit to come to Syracuse University. That caught Coach Murphy by shock."

On his visit over the weekend Fair was busy at all times watching practices, viewing the campus, and watching an NBA game.

"I would have to say talking with Coach Boeheim and Coach Murphy about what they have planned for me stuck out," Fair also had more to say about the trip. "They had a preseason game and Carmelo Anthony was in town playing the Phoenix Suns. Basically I was talking to Carmelo for a little bit after the game. He was just telling me some good stuff."

Rivals.com has Fair listed as a power forward, but his position at Syracuse is not set in stone yet.

"I will be playing between the three and the four."

The Syracuse Orange may have missed the NCAA Tournament the last two seasons, but Fair is looking forward an he thinks the future is headed in the right direction.

"The future of the program is going to be bright because my class 2010 we have a few other kids committed already Dion Waiters and Baye Moussa Kieta. In 2009 they have the point guard Brandon Triche. I think that is four good players to start with."

Right now the Orange may have a bright future and Fair is working hard to make sure his future is just as solid.

"My main goal for basketball is to work on my whole all around game and get stronger."

One item that hit the Orange hard last year was knee injuries and the four star product from Maryland is also dealing with an injury that could keep him out of the upcoming season.

"I tore my ACL back in late spring early summer, but now it is going good because I almost have full range of motion."

Will Fair play or not?

"In high school I do, well everyday I go back and forth with myself saying that one day I am playing and the other I am not. Right now I really do not know when I will play yet."

With an injury like that it is tough to sit on the sidelines and watch others play basketball, but Fair is keeping very busy with rehab.

"The rehab process is physical therapy and it is tough, but I can handle it. I go for therapy three times a week and then on Saturday and Sunday I have a trainer who I work with and he works me out in the pool."

2010 is still a couple years off, but Fair has a a couple things he wants the Orange fans to know about him before he gets to campus.

"The fans are going to see a great scorer, a good team player, and a great person."

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