It’s hard to quantify just how far Fab Melo has come in his sophomore season at Syracuse. He’s gone from a liability on both ends of the floor to somebody the Orange heavily rely upon, especially on the defensive end. It was obvious during his midseason absence from the team how vital Fab is. SU suffered its only loss of the season at Notre Dame, and struggles mightily with Cincinnati.
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It’s hard to believe last season Fab’s role was to start, and then get immediately pulled from the game. He barely broke a sweat, then banished to the bench, all before the under 16 timeout. He was out of shape, lost in the zone, couldn’t contribute on offense and fans weren’t happy about it. Many expected an impact center, but he put up only 2.3 points and 2 rebounds a game and left many wondering if he would ever pan out.
It got even worse in the off season with the ugly incident involving his girlfriend that left some wondering if he would ...