C.J. Fair was mulling over one of the biggest decisions of his life this time a year ago.Now, as he travels across the country auditioning for half of the NBA, he’s out to prove that he benefited from returning to Syracuse for his senior season. “There’s no regrets,” said Carl Fair, his father. “We knew last year that this draft was going to be tougher but the thing is in the NBA, you go out there and play against top-line guys. “You worry about yourself, when you’re ready and the things you can improve on.”While former Syracuse teammates Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant are expected to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, Fair remains the biggest question mark of the three. Draft projections suggest he may have been better off going pro last year, when he was a borderline first-round prospect. This time, though, a stronger class gives Fair less of a chance to go in the first 30 picks. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the predictions and mock drafts become irrelevant once the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock Thursday night, and Fair’s camp is confident he will hear his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.“I had a chance last year, but I didn’t want to come to the NBA the third or fourth option on my team,” Fair said to reporters at the NBA Combine in May. “This year I was the first option. Knowing how to be consistent, bring my game each day, I think that’ll translate to the NBA.”And if Fair isn’t taken, it’s likely he’ll still get a shot at cracking an NBA roster as an undrafted free agent.“C.J. Fair is probably a second-round pick,” ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas said in a teleconference Tuesday. “Not a great player, but a good one, and a guy that can certainly play in the NBA.”Although Fair led the Orange in scoring his junior year, James Southerland, Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams overshadowed him at times.But this past season, the SU offense ran mostly through Fair. He again topped SU in scoring while earning first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and second-team All-American honors.Returning for his senior year was worth it, his father said.“I think (his game) improved,” Carl Fair said. “The NBA floor is a lot bigger. It’s spread out, and C.J. excels when he has room.”There is some doubt that Fair doesn’t have the ball-handling skills, 3-point shooting consistency or the ability to create off the dribble to make it as an NBA small forward — the position his father expects the 6-foot, 8-inch, 215-pound Fair to play.Some projections say he’ll be chosen in the second round this year; others think he’ll go undrafted. “I don’t think he was a big-time draft prospect a year ago and I don’t really think his status changed much,” DraftExpress.com’s Jonathan Givony said.Locked into the wings of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone the past four years, Fair’s man-to-man defense is unknown.Still, the NBA teams he’s worked out for have liked what they’ve seen, Carl Fair said.“He can shoot better than they thought he could shoot,” he said. “Some teams said they think he can be a defensive stopper. He’s been playing great defense and they see him being able to come off picks and knock down open shots.“Nobody has said anything they don’t like about him. He’s been doing everything pretty solid.”By the time the draft starts, 15 teams will have given Fair an extensive look.His length served him well at Syracuse. His highlight-reel dunks proved his athleticism, and he was dangerous from mid-range. But whether or not Fair improved enough in other areas will be revealed Thursday night.“I think competition-wise, I’m really prepared,” Fair told reporters after his workout with the Utah Jazz this month. “I had teammates that are in the NBA now so I know what it takes to get to the NBA. Now it’s about me getting my opportunity and showing teams that I’m that guy.”Asst. copy editors Sam Blum and Matt Schneidman contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on June 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+
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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015:Tuesdayâ€¢Varsity/JV volleyball at WHS, 5 p.m.â€¢Varsity tennis at Conway Springs, 3 p.m.â€¢JV Tennis at Winfield, 3 p.m.Wednesdayâ€¢KU Honors banquet.Thursdayâ€¢C Team volleyball at El Dorado, 3 p.m.â€¢JV tennis at WHS, 3p.m.â€¢Cross Country at Chaparral, 4 p.m.Fridayâ€¢Football at Wellington vs. Circle, 7 p.m.Saturdayâ€¢Tennis at Kingman, 9 a.m.â€¢Volleyball at Chaparral, 9 a.m.â€¢C-team volleyball at Garden Plain, 9 a.m.Todayâ€™s Lunch– Chicken Drummies, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Applesauce, Hot Roll with Jelly and Milk.Wednesdayâ€™s Lunch – Soft Chicken Taco, Tortilla Chips with Salsa, Refried Beans, Shredded Romaine, Peaches and MilkTodayâ€™s Newsâ€¢Tennis will be dismissed at 1:50 today. They will be marked Activity.â€¢This week at WHS will be seatbelt week. Park your car and take a selfie of you wearing your seatbelt to be entered to win a prize.Â #WHSseatbeltselfieâ€¢Attention Stuco members- There will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 in the auditorium. Please bring something to write with.â€¢September 14 through November 11 all student-athletes 7th through 12th grades, will be given the opportunity to attend Core-Strengthening Yoga on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:40-7:15 at the middle school gym.â€¢Classic Movie Club with be watching the movie “The Sixth Sense” in Room 205 today at 3:30. Bring a Friend!â€¢ If you are interested in joining Crusader Creators (art club), please sign up with Mrs. Groom by tomorrow.â€¢Students interested in traveling to Spain with Mrs. Groom in June of 2017 need to pickup information in the 3D art room within the next few days.â€¢There will be a Hunter Safety Course on September 26th and 27th at WHS. You can register online at www.usd353.com. Just click on the Hunter Safety course on the 2nd page.â€¢Casino Receipts are due TODAY. You can drop them off in the office.â€¢WHS Work Ethic Program will meet on Wednesday October 7th from 11:30-12:30 in room 411. Bring a lunch!â€¢There will be a 3 on 3 basketball tournament and a Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday October 3rd in Udall.Â Stop by the office for more information.â€¢Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.â€¢ Seniors: If you are thinking about makingÂ EmporiaÂ State University your college of choice, be sure to go to their website to view scholarship and admissions information. The website isÂ www.emporia.edu/admissions/scholarships.The college will be hosting four Black and Gold Visit DaysÂ Oct. 9 and 24thÂ and No. 6th and 20th. These visits include admissions and scholarship information, and residence hall and campus tours.â€¢Sophomores and Juniors, Are you interested in taking the PSAT? The cost is only $14 and the test date is Wednesday, October 14th at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested, please come see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselors office before September 21st.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Tuesday, Sept 22- Pittsburg StateWednesday, Sept 23- Cowley County CCThursday, Sept. 24- SouthwesternWednesday, Sept 30- Fort HaysFriday, Oct 2- Kansas State UniversityMonday, Oct 5- Wichita State UniversityThursday, Oct 15- Baker UniversityFriday, Oct 16- University of KansasThursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2- Hutchinson CC.Follow us on Twitter.
A Senate motion put forward by Australian Greens Deputy Leader Scott Ludlam calling for Treasurer Joe Hockey to “express concern at the continued support by IMF officials for the austerity program in Greece” has been blocked by Labor and the Coalition.The motion, put forward on Thursday, was addressed to Mr Hockey in his role as a member of the IMF’s Financial Committee and as a governor of the IMF and World Bank.Senator Ludlam appealed to Mr Hockey to seek the support of other IMF member states to introduce “alternative measures that will better address social and humanitarian challenges in Greece”, and to “insist the IMF refrain from imposing policy conditions upon Greece which will potentially lead to a default of more than AUD$40 billion debt towards the IMF”.Speaking in support of the motion, that was also moved by NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, Senator Ludlam said that he raised the matter in relation to “Australia’s ability to alleviate the extraordinary suffering that has been levied against the people of Greece”. The Greens deputy leader said that the collapse of Greek GDP by more than 25 per cent over the past five years had produced “a humanitarian disaster”, and that “the collapse of the Greek economy has been almost intentional”. Senator Ludluam added that Greece’s economic collapse had gone “hand in hand with the implementation of the most extreme form of austerity politics that has been prescribed by the troika of lenders: the ECB, the EU and the IMF.”“Our Treasurer, Joe Hockey, is a member of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee. “We are asking that the Senate call Mr Hockey and the governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group to ensure that further misery is not visited on the people of Greece.”Put to a voice vote by Senate deputy president Glenn Serle, the motion was rejected overwhelmingly, with Labor and Coalition senators uniting to ensure its defeat. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram