C.J. Aiken leaving Hawk Hill, going pro

Garrett Miley @GWMiley

C.J. Aiken's shot-blocking abilities got him the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the year. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

C.J. Aiken’s shot-blocking abilities got him the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the year. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

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.

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One Response to C.J. Aiken leaving Hawk Hill, going pro

  1. Mark Jordan says:

    I’ve followed C.J. for several years now, since his junior year in high school, and it has been very apparent that his shot-blocking is something very special. But the expected post presence has never materialized. And it seems to me if you can’t develop a post presence in college, how are you ever going to do it at the professional level? And if it’s about throwing down thundering dunks, well, look at what happened in the NIT game………

    Obviously I have few, if any, of the facts, but this seems like a bad decision when he’s just one year away from graduating, and still so much work to do on his game. Hopefully he’ll reconsider.

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