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Aiken pursuing pros

Saint Joseph's center C.J. Aiken will bypass his senior season to pursue a professional basketball career. The 6-foot-9 Aiken averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots for the 18-14 Hawks.

Aiken pursuing pros

Saint Joseph´s C.J. Aiken protects the ball from the reach of VCU´s Treveon Graham during the second half. (John Minchillo/AP)
Saint Joseph's C.J. Aiken protects the ball from the reach of VCU's Treveon Graham during the second half. (John Minchillo/AP)

St. Joseph’s center C.J. Aiken will bypass his senior season to pursue a professional basketball career. The 6-foot-9 Aiken averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots for the 18-14 Hawks.

"After lengthy meetings with C.J. Aiken and his family, C.J. has decided to pursue a career in professional basketball,” coach Phil Martelli said in a statement. “There will always be a place in my heart for C.J.  I wish him well in all his future endeavors."

Aiken, the Plymouth Whitemarsh product, is seen as somebody who has one major skill for the NBA level – his ability to block shots.

Yet he doesn’t have a post game and has a small forward’s game consisting of jump shots and dunks.

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NBA scouts were consistently at his games but it will be interesting if he will play there or possibly overseas next season. Either way, there should be opportunities.

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