HoopsHype Fab Melo rumors

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Syracuse’s Fab Melo said the mock drafts he’s looked at have him going anywhere between 15-30 in the first round of next week’s draft. The Pacers wouldn’t be upset if Melo was still available when they pick at No. 26. Indianapolis Star

Melo, who had his sophomore season at Syracuse cut short because of academic problems, turned a lot of heads during his workout in front of the Pacers front office and coaching staff. “He was off the charts,” one person who watched him said. Indianapolis Star

Syracuse center Fab Melo is also reportedly working out for the Cavs this week, possibly on Friday. The 7-0, 250-pounder is a candidate at 24. Morning Journal

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Fab Melo now has a chance to explain what happened at Syracuse. Melo was ruled academically ineligible for seven games last season, including the NCAA tournament, and now that he's making the rounds on the draft workout list, Melo is trying to answer NBA scouts. His explanation is simple: Until four years ago, the Brazilian didn't even speak English. FOXSports.com

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The prospects who have had their names connected to the Sixers include forwards Perry Jones of Baylor, John Henson of North Carolina, and Arnett Moultrie of Mississippi State. But it is possible that they could use the pick on Illinois center Meyers Leonard, Syracuse's Fab Melo or North Carolina's Tyler Zeller. Sun Herald

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"Melo, you could put in an NBA game right now," one scout said. "But everybody has to really understand what you're getting. And you have to figure out the best way to use that. He's a basket defender, and everybody's looking for those ... He played so much harder through everything this year, he looked like a different player than last year. He had a lot better movement this year than last year." Playing at the back of Jim Boeheim's 2-3 matchup zone, Melo had the wingspan and lateral quickness to get to shots and alter others. But will he be able to make the adjustment to the pro game, where centers don't often get to hide in the back of a zone and are usually asked to defend the NBA's pet play, the screen and roll? "If you're going to stand in the middle of a zone defense and guard the rim, that's different from guarding somebody in the NBA," one scouting director said. "I'm one of those who tends to believe Fab Melo's defensive presence is somewhat overrated. He does block shots." NBA.com

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C Fab Melo will enter the upcoming NBA draft. The news is hardly a surprise considering Melo was suspended for a second time this season just before the start of the NCAA tournament. Melo averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds during his sophomore year while also earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors. The 7-foot Melo is projected to be a first round draft pick. CBSSports.com

According to Draft Express, Fab Melo has signed with an agent and will not return to Syracuse next season. They tweeted, "Fab Melo has signed with Arn Tellem, according to multiple sources, which means he obviously isn't returning to Syracuse, as expected." Nation of Orange

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