Last year, Syracuse Orange basketball fans waved goodbye to four of its best players following the season. So far, they know for a fact that three of their best are gone (Brandon Triche, James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams). The only question left is...will the fourth join them?
C.J. Fair is doing his due diligence to find out whether or not he'll leave Syracuse early and head to the NBA Draft.
Fair applied for an assessment of his skills from the committee after Syracuse's season officially ended. The assessment is considered by some to be a fairly reliable assessment of where a player will be taken in the NBA Draft.
...Since Syracuse's season ended late, Fair would likely receive his assessment close to this deadline. Even if Fair put his name in to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee at the last possible moment, he'd get his assessment by phone on April 15. While it could leave as little as a day to ponder a crucial life decision, Fair would use this time to discuss the draft with his parents, his coaches at Syracuse and anyone else he trusts.
This is neither new or surprising, so don't get your panties in a bunch. It doesn't mean he's gone, it simply means he wants to get a realistic view of where he might get drafted if he did leave. Fair enough (see what I did there?) and a smart move.
You and I are pretty sure he's going to be told mid-to-late 2nd round, at best, which sure doesn't sound good enough to leave for. Then again, you never know.
Either way, Fair will have to publicly state his intentions by Tuesday.
Syracuse.com has a whole bunch other details on the weird process of going pro early.