Tag:Fab Melo
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:42 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:43 pm

Report: Syracuse big man Fab Melo back Saturday

By Jeff Goodman

Syracuse is getting its big man back. 

The Post-Standard reported that sophomore Fab Melo, a key reason why the Orange spent numerous weeks at No. 1 in the country and are considered a championship contender, will play Saturday at St. John's. 

The 7-footer has missed the past three games due to academic issues. 

Syracuse was 1-2 in that stretch -- including its first loss of the season at Notre Dame. 

Melo is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and leads the team in blocks with 60. He was a disappointment last season, but shed weight in the offseason and has been a factor on both ends of the court this year. 

Without him in the lineup, freshman Rakeem Christmas has slid over and started in the middle and C.J. Fair has moved into the starting lineup. 

Syracuse is 22-1 overall and in first place in the Big East with a 9-1 mark. 

Posted on: January 21, 2012 2:09 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 2:13 pm

Syracuse big man Fab Melo to miss road trip

By Jeff Goodman

Top-ranked Syracuse will be without its starting center on its current road trip. 

Sophomore big man Fab Melo didn't make the trip for Saturday's game at Notre Dame and also won't play Monday at Cincinnati. 

Sources told CBSSports.com the reason is due to academics. Saturday's game marks the first contest since the second semester began. However, Syracuse is hoping to have Melo back for the Jan. 28 home game against West Virginia. 

Melo is a key reason why the 20-0 Orange remain one of two undefeated teams left in the D-1 ranks and why the team has maintained the No. 1 ranking. 

He is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season after struggling a year ago. 

Syracuse also announced that Mookie Jones is transferring out of the program due to personal reasons. Jones only appeared in seven games this season. 

Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 11:54 am

Boeheim can't recall last time Cuse was this deep

By Jeff Goodman

Jim Boeheim's team is so deep that he might wind up redshirting Trevor Cooney.

"He's our fifth guard right now," said the Syracuse coach. "We'll make a decision this week."

Cooney, a top 75 player and arguably the best pure shooter on the team, is behind Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Dion Waiters and Michael Carter-Williams.

That's serious depth.

It's more of the same up front - where Boeheim will likely rotate three guys between the power forward and center spot: sophomores Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita as well as freshman Rakeem Christmas.

"Christmas will start at the four - and also play some at the five," Boeheim said.

"Fab has made major strides," he added. "He's a different player. He lost some weight and is playing with confidence. Last year he couldn't get up and down."

"Both of our big guys from last year - Fab and Moussa - have gotten a lot better," Boeheim continued.

That's seven or eight deep - and we haven't even touched on the team's most heralded returnee: senior forward Kris Joseph, who led the team in scoring a year ago at 14.3 points per game.

There's also the group's most underrated player, sophomore C.J. Fair.

This team may not have that dominant player - a lottery pick - but what it does have is strength in its numbers. So much so that Boeheim doesn't seem at all concerned about replacing the production of graduated big man Rick Jackson - who averaged a double-double last year.

"This is the deepest team we've had in many years," Boeheim admitted. "I think we've got a chance."
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:55 pm

Fab Melo looks to keep focus on basketball

By Jeff Borzello

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – By all accounts, Fab Melo was one of the most disappointing freshmen in the country last season.

However, when one considers the limited basketball experience of the 7-foot Brazilian native, it’s tough to justify the original hype placed on the Syracuse center.

“People had expectations for last year,” Melo said. “But I had only played basketball for four years.”

Melo played fewer than 10 minutes per game, averaging 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Orange. He showed flashes of his potential down the stretch, though, going for 10 points and six rebounds against DePaul, and then getting 12 points and four rebounds in the next game against St. John’s.

In shootarounds and scrimmages, Melo looked a lot more mobile and agile than last season. He was running the floor effectively, blocking shots and making plays around the rim.

With double-double machine Rick Jackson no longer around, Melo knows it is his time to step up in the paint.

“I don’t know if I’m ready [to replace Jackson],” he said. “But I’m definitely ready to bounce back.”

His basketball ability is not the only question surrounding Melo. He was suspended for two games in February last season, and was also arrested on a domestic violence charge. The court hearing for the charge has been delayed five times and is now scheduled for November 30.

Sources told CBSSports.com that Melo would not miss any games due to the case, but his concentration could be a factor.

“When he’s on the court, he doesn’t worry about anything else,” guard Mike Carter-Williams said. “The problems are in the past. Even now, he’s just trying to move on.”

“He got his head back into it,” forward C.J. Fair added. “He has the skills. He just needs the right mindset.”

If Melo can stay focused and motivated on the court, he could be the key for Syracuse’s season – again.

Photo: US Presswire

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 14, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 12:15 pm

There's no 'Melo, but Orange pack plenty of punch

By Jeff Borzello 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – There’s no question who the center of attention was at Syracuse’s Midnight Madness.

Despite not doing much of anything for the two hours of festivities, the presence of Carmelo Anthony lifted the energy in the building to a level most onlookers had not seen in awhile.

Heading into the season, there’s obviously no Carmelo Anthony on this year’s Orange team. There’s not a Donte Greene or a Jonny Flynn. Simply put, there’s no definitive go-to-guy that will have the ball in his hands down the stretch of games.

Season tips Nov. 7

And head coach Jim Boeheim’s just fine with that.

“I think if you only have one guy, that’s a weakness,” Boeheim said at Syracuse’s Media Day.

“Even when Carmelo was here, Gerry [McNamara] made as many big plays as he did. Hakim Warrick made some plays, Josh Pace made big plays. The important thing is to have balance.”

A season ago, Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche all took their fair share of shots at the end of the shot clock or game clock. Fab Melo made clutch baskets against St. John’s. With C.J. Fair and Dion Waiters ready to take on bigger roles, there are countless options for Boeheim late in games.

“I haven’t seen that since my freshman year, with Jonny Flynn,” Joseph said of having one consistent go-to-guy. “Last year, the ball was pretty well-spread, points per game were really even. It’s going to be the same, with so many guys that can score. I can do it, Scoop can do it, Brandon can do it.”

By the time March rolls around, if the biggest problem Syracuse faces is having too many offensive options, I’m betting they will be in pretty good shape.

It's a problem most teams would love to have. 

Posted on: June 30, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: June 30, 2011 11:53 am

Fab Melo is reminded he can't contact his ex

By Matt Norlander

After an initial postponement, Fab Melo appeared in Syracuse City Court yesterday.

The meeting with City Judge Stephen Dougherty was over Melo's violent behavior toward an ex-girlfriend. Turns out, the primary purpose yesterday's appearance served was for Melo to get an official re-delivering of the message: you can't go near the woman who you asked about wanting your blood. Yep. That's it. Just a quick, how-you-do and then Melo was on his way.
Melo, 20, and defense lawyer Gary Sommer met briefly with Assistant District Attorney Melinda McGunnigle and City Judge Stephen Dougherty in court this afternoon. Sommer told the judge Melo is in counseling and McGunnigle asked the judge to remind Melo there is an order of protection directing him to have no contact with the victim.
Melo's case has been halted for further movement until Aug. 31, wherein it's suspected he'll be given a relatively light punishment, considering the allegations. Some probation, maybe community service. But a fine? Who knows. If so, how does he pay it?

Even if this case ends up having a swift, dispensable ending, it doesn't mean Jim Boeheim and Syracuse University should go easy on Melo. Boeheim has been mum on his underwhelming big man, opting to remain silent in respect to the legal proceedings, of course. But Syracuse has had an unfortunate, undeniable pattern of its football and basketball players not only getting into trouble with the law, but specifically, domestic abuse cases. Even if Melo's isn't the worst, it's the most recent and continues a pattern.

Two months from now, Boeheim & Co. should have a disciplinary plan in place once Melo completes whatever punishment he's handed out by the courts.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:53 pm

Fab Melo's court date delayed

By Matt Norlander

One of the bigger offseason stories that isn't getting as much attention as it should is the saga with Fab Melo at Syracuse. The Orange sophomore's appearance in Syracuse City domestic court has been pushed back to June 23, according to the Post-Standard. It was originally scheduled for today, June 14.

The details of why the date was pushed back were not reported.

Melo was arraigned in court June 1 for an incident that took place at his girlfriend's house in late May. The details and allegations from that incident are ugly and don't put Melo in any sort of positive light. In fact, they make the highly touted Brazilian center look petty, jealous and possibly chemically imbalanced.

More background: an off-record source told CollegeHoopsJournal.com Melo has been plagued by anger issues since he arrived on campus last fall.

No matter, the detailed incident at hand is unsettling and something Syracuse athletics is no doubt looking at right now. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim hasn't spoken on the record about Melo's current ordeal, which is no surprise, considering it's an ongoing legal mater.

The outcome of Melo's case could eventually have an effect on the sophomore center's situation with the basketball team, but we may not have an answer on that for a few more weeks, or longer, depending on what the courts decide and then what Boeheim does afterward.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 2, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 2:57 pm

Fab Melo allegedly a jealous, abusive boyfriend

Posted by Matt Norlander

This Fab Melo ordeal is getting ugly quickly. In fact, it's been allegedly ugly and unseemly and inappropriate for awhile.

That's because the Syracuse sophomore center's unidentified girlfriend told police that Melo has been abusive toward her "four or five" times since the two began an intimate relationship in October.

Melo was arrained in court Wednesday morning due to an incident wherein he became violent and broke the turning signal in his girlfriend's car. After obtaining the police report, the Post-Standard has more details, per the girlfriend's account.

On Monday, the 22-year-old woman fled Melo’s Slocum Heights apartment after Melo became jealous, first of a phone call and then of males who had posted comments on her Facebook wall.

On Tuesday, she was escorted to the Syracuse police’s Domestic Violence Unit by an assistant district attorney, where detectives interviewed her. She told them that coming to the police was “her last resort,” records state.

The details get worse from there. Melo looked at her Facebook wall (Facebook is the worst thing to ever happen to relationships), saw some comments from other males he didn't approve of, then smashed his computer in anger. Naturally.

According to the girl's statement, then there was a fight in the house and she attempted to leave after sequestering herself for some time in Melo's bathroom. Before getting away in her car, Melo threw dirt on her, bloodied his hand somehow, and then reached into her car and ripped off her turn signal.

While doing this, his blood smeared on his girlfriend's shirt. That shirt is now being held as evidence. Melo apparently told her, "Here, you want my blood?" before the incident ended. How dramatic and romantic. Goodness gracious what an unnecessary catastrophe.

The relationship ended in May -- and then the two got back together recently. We've all either been a part of something like this or had a close friend or two get sucked into a vortex of it's-done/no-it's-not-done relationship that tailspins until its ultimate, inevitable, ugly end. That scene usually reaches a head outside of a party between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m. Crying and cursing tags alongside a feeling of defeated and apathetic acceptance. A sad but crucial stage in the evolution of dating.

It's very clear that Melo has the same issue so many hot-blooded college-age men and women fall victim to: insufferable, crippling jealousy. That's still not reason to ever, ever get violent with a woman. And now Melo's seemingly done too much and put himself and his reputation in a very bad spot.

As of now his status on the team isn't in question. Should it be? We're talking about a player allegedly abusing his girlfriend. Serious character issues -- and Melo wasn't a difference-maker last season. Sadly, college athletes have remained on teams for doing worse, sometimes without discipline. Jim Boeheim will let the law take its course before he does anything, most likely. Melo will appear in Syracuse court June 14.

Category: NCAAB
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com