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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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Marc Narducci has performed a variety of jobs at The Inquirer since beginning with the paper in 1983. A long-time high school sports reporter in South Jersey, Narducci has also served as a beat writer for the 76ers, a backup Eagles and Sixers writer and has covered all the professional and colleges in the Philadelphia area. Among his duties at The Inquirer over the years, Narducci has covered one Super Bowl, two World Series and three NBA all-star games. Most recently he has covered the Philadelphia Union soccer team and this season will be adding college basketball duties, paying specific attention to St. Joseph’s. A life-long Southern New Jersey resident, Narducci is a 1977 graduate of Paul VI High and 1981 graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Email Marc at mnarducci@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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