Nick Lisi/Associated Press
Regardless of where C.J. Fair goes in the draft, you can't help but admire the gradual progress he's made over his four-year career at Syracuse.
His go-to avenues for offense as a freshman were runners and tip-ins. Now, Fair is the leading scorer for the No. 1 team in the country.
"C.J. Fair was phenomenal tonight," said coach Jim Boeheim, per Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com, after Fair dropped 28 points in an epic win over Duke. "He broke out of that good, solid player into a great player. He was a great player tonight."
At 6'8", he's got strong size and length for the NBA wing, along with some deceptive explosiveness he'll occasionally flash on showtime dunks above the rim.
Fair has even developed a refined mid-range game, complete with pull-ups, step-backs and shots on the move.
However, his three-point shooting has been off this year—he's shooting just 28.8 percent from downtown after making a career-high 30 triples as a junior. And as an NBA small forward and projected role player, Fair probably won't stick without a consistently threatening three-ball.
He's also not overly quick off the bounce, and he can struggle getting to the rack.
Defensively, Fair is a question mark, given he's played four straight years in the back of a zone.
Though he's one of the most complete offensive players in the country, there just isn't any one quality that stands out.
Fair seems like a strong candidate to land in that 20-40 range, though another trip to the Final Four would look awfully good on his resume.