Player of the Week: Syracuse's C.J. Fair

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Syracuse's C.J. Fair scored 28 points Saturday vs. Duke. (USATSI)

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There are players who scored more points over the past week, and there are players who shot higher percentages, too. But no player had a bigger role in leading his school to multiple historical moments than Syracuse senior C.J. Fair.

That's why Fair is the National Player of the Week.

He finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals in Wednesday's 67-57 win at Wake Forest that kept the Orange undefeated and set the stage for Saturday's showdown with Duke, in which Fair made 12 of the 20 shots he attempted and finished with 28 points, five rebounds and two blocks while leading the Orange to a 91-89 win that helped launch the Orange to No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one).

"C.J. Fair was phenomenal," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said after Saturday's win that was recorded before a record crowd of 35,446 at the Carrier Dome. "He broke out of that good, solid player [and] into a great player. He was a great player tonight."

Fair is now averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds this season.

He's probably the leading candidate to be the ACC Player of the Year.

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