Ennis, Grant and Fair wait for their names to be called in the NBA Draft beginning tonight at 7

Published 06/26 2014 05:35PM

Updated 06/26 2014 11:23PM

Tyler Ennis (left), Jerami Grant (center), CJ Fair (right)
Tyler Ennis (left), Jerami Grant (center), CJ Fair (right)
Brooklyn (WSYR-TV) - Three Syracuse University players may have lifelong dreams met tonight, as Tyler Ennis, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair are all hoping to hear their names called during the NBA Draft.

Since the NBA adopted its current two round format in 1989, only once have three SU players been selected in the same draft, which happened just a couple of years ago in 2012, with Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, and Kris Joseph being selected.

The same scenario could play out Thursday evening with Tyler Ennis expected to be the first Orange player picked.

Ennis said he recently got some advice from another former Orange star - Michael Carter-Williams on how to handle this night.

"His main thing was just kind of enjoy it, like he said you only get drafted once, you know you only go through the draft process once and you know people dream everyday about sitting in the green room and getting their name called. You know, I think I am ready for this challenge," Ennis said.

Draft night might not be quite as enjoyable for the other two SU players on the board.

In fact, there's a chance C.J. Fair might not get selected at all.

That's why he's been among the busiest prospects in the draft, having worked out for half of the league's teams, determined to show the scouts that he deserves a shot.

"Syracuse was one of the top programs my four years there. Each game we had to compete hard at a high level and I went against some of the top competition in the country,” Fair said. “Competition-wise I think I am really prepared. And I did four years. I had other teammates who are in the NBA now, so I know what it takes to get to the NBA. So now it’s about getting my opportunity."

As for Jerami Grant, he'll definitely get the opportunity. It's just a matter of where and especially when.

The top 30 picks get guaranteed money and many of the recent projections have Grant sliding dangerously close to the end of the first round.

"It's defiantly nail-biting, but at the same time it's exciting. This draft is so crazy. You don't know where you’re going to get picked. You don't know if you're going to get picked. You might get traded - it's going to be a lot. On every draft board it's different. I could be going 14th on one draft and 29th on the next. You never really know. It's kind of just up for grabs for right now," Grant said.

You can watch the NBA Draft on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.

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