Aiken pursuing pros

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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.

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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