NEW YORK — Former Syracuse forward CJ Fair wasn’t selected in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Fair, along with his family and agent, were on hand at the Barclay’s Center and waited for his named to be called in the stands.
Knicks fans chanted his name when they were on the board with the 51st pick, but the Knicks drafted Greek forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
It was a recurring theme in the last portion of the draft. Five of the final 10 picks were European players that teams were merely looking to stash away. Fair left with his contingent shortly after Philadelphia passed on him with the 53rd pick.
It was the second year in a row that a Syracuse senior wing went undrafted. Last year, James Southerland was also in attendance but wasn’t selected.
The good news for Fair is that Southerland made the Charlotte Bobcats to start the season before finishing with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Had Fair been drafted, he would have joined former teammates Jerami Grant (39 to Philadelphia) and Tyler Ennis (18 to Phoenix) as SU draftees.
In his senior season, Fair led Syracuse in scoring at 16.5 ppg and also averaged 6.4 rpg. Fair was also named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, and finished the season by being named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-ACC First Team.