With draft day just over a month away, things are starting to pick up for all of the top NBA prospects, especially former Syracuse forward C.J. Fair.
Fair, who is projected to be a second-round pick or un-drafted in this June’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, has already visited the Cleveland Cavaliers for a workout and has three more planned for the near future. His agent, Torrel Harris, told Syracuse.com that he has workouts scheduled in Milwaukee and Charlotte next week and will meet with the San Antonio Spurs in June. Harris is also confident that after his performance in Chicago at the Pre-Draft combine, that a lot of people like what Fair has to offer.
As for Tyler Ennis, his confidence is continuing to grow. In an interview before the combine, Ennis told a group of reporters that he is “definitely” the best playmaking point guard in this draft and that he has a lot to learn about himself and also wants to prove to the doubters who don’t have him ranked high how good he really is. His college coach, Jim Boeheim, spoke with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg on their podcast this past Tuesday and told the two ESPN College Basketball analysts that he thinks Ennis is ready to run an NBA team, this being slightly contrary to remarks he made on SportsCenter just after Ennis announced his decision to leave the Orange, coming out honest and talking about how the 6’2″ guard could use another year of college to develop more physically. During the podcast, Boeheim touched on Ennis’ knowledge and ability to take care of the ball as upsides to his game that will help him make the transition to the NBA.
During the podcast, Boeheim also touched on former Syracuse forward Jerami Grant, stating that he was a little surprised he decided to leave this year, citing that he also needs to develop more physically and needs to work on his jump shot. Although he thinks it might take a while for him to adjust, he thinks Grant will be in the NBA for a long time. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the podcast, here it is.
After the combine and the draft lottery, there was some movement in the location of where mock drafts placed Ennis. In mock drafts from CBSSports.com, Draft Express and NBADraft.net, the freshman guard is located as early as a late lottery pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves (13th overall) to a mid-to-late first rounder, giving possible destinations as the Chicago Bulls (16th and/or 19th) and Houston Rockets (25th). Grant is projected as a mid-to-late first rounder as well, which has been his projected landing spot for most of the college season and offseason.