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Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:52 pm
 

C.J. Fair ready for breakout season

By Jeff Borzello

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – C.J. Fair was the least heralded of the Syracuse signees in the class of 2010. However, he played the most minutes of any of the newcomers last season and showed flashes of his potential.

This season, his teammates and coaches peg Fair as the one player who could be primed for a breakout season.

“The guy who got better is C.J. Fair,” guard Brandon Triche said earlier in the week. “He’s a guy who was more of a mid-range guy around the basket. Now, he’s knocking the three down consistently, off the dribble, off the catch. I see a lot of different things from him.”

Fair, a 6-foot-8 Baltimore native, averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds last season, coming off the bench and providing a boost in the frontcourt. He didn’t start any games, but did play more than 30 minutes on four occasions. In those four contests, he averaged 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

With a starting spot available in the frontcourt, one can expect numbers close to that from Fair during the upcoming campaign.

“I have a year under my belt,” Fair said on Friday. “This is the year for me to have a big breakout year.”

He said he spent the summer working on improving his outside range and expanding his game. If Fair is able to knock down 3-pointers with consistency, he could pose a major matchup problem for most opponents. He already has a deadly mid-range game, and the lefty forward is athletic and long around the basket.

Fair might be an undersized four-man in terms of strength, but his versatility makes up for it.

“He added something new to his game,” senior forward Kris Joseph said. “He put a lot of work into his game this summer. He can make that jump.”

Fair didn't enter Syracuse with much hype, but his impressive play has bestowed higher expecations on him this time around. 

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Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 12:15 pm
 

There's no 'Melo, but Orange pack plenty of punch

By Jeff Borzello 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no question who the center of attention was at Syracuse’s Midnight Madness.

Despite not doing much of anything for the two hours of festivities, the presence of Carmelo Anthony lifted the energy in the building to a level most onlookers had not seen in awhile.

Heading into the season, there’s obviously no Carmelo Anthony on this year’s Orange team. There’s not a Donte Greene or a Jonny Flynn. Simply put, there’s no definitive go-to-guy that will have the ball in his hands down the stretch of games.

Season tips Nov. 7

And head coach Jim Boeheim’s just fine with that.

“I think if you only have one guy, that’s a weakness,” Boeheim said at Syracuse’s Media Day.

“Even when Carmelo was here, Gerry [McNamara] made as many big plays as he did. Hakim Warrick made some plays, Josh Pace made big plays. The important thing is to have balance.”

A season ago, Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche all took their fair share of shots at the end of the shot clock or game clock. Fab Melo made clutch baskets against St. John’s. With C.J. Fair and Dion Waiters ready to take on bigger roles, there are countless options for Boeheim late in games.

“I haven’t seen that since my freshman year, with Jonny Flynn,” Joseph said of having one consistent go-to-guy. “Last year, the ball was pretty well-spread, points per game were really even. It’s going to be the same, with so many guys that can score. I can do it, Scoop can do it, Brandon can do it.”

By the time March rolls around, if the biggest problem Syracuse faces is having too many offensive options, I’m betting they will be in pretty good shape.

It's a problem most teams would love to have. 


 
 
 
 
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