Garrett Miley @GWMiley
On Friday afternoon, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Marc Narducci (@sjnard) reported that Saint Joseph’s junior forward C.J. Aiken will pursue professional opportunities and forgo his senior season at Hawk Hill.
“After lengthy meetings with C.J. Aiken and his family, C.J. has decided to pursue a career in professional basketball,” Hawks 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.”
The 6-foot-9 forward for Conshohocken, PA is a shot blocking artist who needs to develop a post presence to find success at the next level. Aiken’s numbers dipped from last season, most noticeable in his blocks per game.He averaged 3.5 blocks per game in his first two seasons as a Hawk, but saw that average dip to 2.6 rejections a contest this year.
His skill set is extremely unique because he has great touch with the basketball and has the ability to throw down impressive dunks, yet he consistently settles for comfortable perimeter jumpers.
The Hawks finished a disappointing 18-14 overall and an underwhelming 8-8 in the Atlantic 10 conference before losing in the first round of the NIT to St. John’s.
Aiken earned CoBL’s City 6 defensive player of the year award this season and was the Atlantic 10 defensive player of the year in 2012.