Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 6/18/12
Fab Melo is one of the great enigmas in Syracuse history. I scouted him while I worked down in Florida, and got to know his coach well at Sagemont School in Weston. In a media-saturated era without secrets, Melo was the rare, unknown big man. He was another “Air Up There,” a raw 7-footer from a different country who barely spoke English and carried whispers of “have you seen this kid yet?” Once college coaches learned about Fab, I watched the interest begin to skyrocket. I kept in close contact with his coach Adam Ross, and saw the consistent buzz building around the big man. Syracuse was just one of a number of powerhouses to offer Fab, and eventually Melo chose the Orange. Ross told me Fab was a city kid, so he liked the proximity to New York and that Syracuse as a city was not a tiny, remote college town. I thought it would take Melo at least a year to adapt to the Big East, but that when he got it, he could dominate.  His tenure at SU is well documented. It did take him a full s...
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