Fab Melo Breaking Out?
The early-season games like Syracuse-Manhattan must be taken with a grain of salt as the Jaspers only have one big in their rotation that's bigger than 6'9" to handle the 7-foot sophomore Fab Melo, and clearly no one as talented, but Melo's performance in this matchup showed signs of life and upside. He managed to score 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting, hitting the offensive glass for 8 boards and 9 rebounds total, showing his physical dominance and finesse around the rim. The 7-footer blocked 4 shots for the second straight game this year, but on a more disappointing note, Melo was limited with foul trouble and turned the ball over four times. He needs to continue to get stronger with the ball and not bring it down for guards to have at it when he is playing with his back to the basket or attacking the offensive glass. With more experience and coaching, Melo should make great strides in these areas. But for someone who came into college with the hype of being the next big man with NBA potential and disappointing to all degrees in his first-year, this latest performance must be seen as a positive note.
By President Corey Ruff - 11 - 15- 11