According to Syracuse.com and Real GM, the Pacers have signed undrafted rookie C.J. Fair to a non guaranteed deal to training camp.
— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) August 24, 2014
Syracuse's undrafted rookie C.J. Fair has agreed to a non-guaranteed camp deal with the Indiana Pacers, league sources tell RealGM.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 25, 2014
C.J. Fair played four seasons with the Syracuse Orangemen. He’s 6-foot-8, 215 pound small forward that can attack the rim and play defense. Fair led Syracuse in scoring the last two years and as a senior he averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds over 37.8 minutes per game.
Here’s a scouting report about him from people smarter than me.
(nbadraft.net) Comparison: Dorrell Wright
Strengths: Smooth forward with a good offensive skill set, has become Syracuse go to scorer in his senior year … An above average athlete, which compensates for some of the more raw areas of his game … Lefty with a quality shooting form … Has developed into a solid perimeter shooter in the past few years (47% from 3 last season, though on low volume of shots) … Gets his share of blocks on the defensive end … Also racks up a good number of steals, but that can partly be attributed to Syracuse’s zone defense …He’s a very active, disruptive defender in general … Moves well off the ball and thus creates numerous scoring chances for himself … Though he has the skillset and size of a small forward, Fair’s athleticism (as well as Syracuse’s lack of quality big men) allowed/forced him to play a lot of power forward in college … Good lateral quickness … Excellent dunker who throws down numerous highlight-reel slams … His mechanics make him a very effective catch-and-shoot player … Good free throw shooter
Weaknesses: Scouts have concerns about what position he plays and who he defends … Not particularly effective off the dribble and struggles to create shots for himself, though his pull up off the dribble has shown some improvement … Outside shot lacks the consistency one would expect considering his excellent shooting form … Fairly skinny for his height. Strange body with thick arms and legs and skinny torso, very low shoulders and long neck. His standing reach will likely be smaller than the average player with his dimensions … Needs to add more muscle to be able to stay on balance on drives … Needs to become more consistent inside the arc and sometimes struggles to finish at the rim … His defensive ability on the perimeter is a bit of a mystery after playing in the Syracuse 2-3 zone for four seasons … Should look to become more vocal … Has average length, not much longer than his height … Born in Sept 1991, so he’s a year old for a senior, affecting his potential slightly … Listed at 6’8, but appears closer to 6’6, and lacks a large wingspan (measured at 6’9 at the LeBron Skills camp in 2012) …. Can he become a player that contrubutes in a multitude of ways as an NBA role player?
The video below is him going to head-to-head with this year’s number two overall pick Jabari Parker.
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