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Draft entrants update: Syracuse’s Fab Melo headed to NBA

Apr 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

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With the college season winding down — and the NCAA putting a ridiculous time pressure on students thinking about declaring for the draft — we’re seeing a lot of guys say they are in or out of the draft.

Here is a roundup of recent big names to make their announcement.

• Fab Melo of Syracuse will enter the draft and has signed with an agent (making it irreversible), reports the ultra-reliable DraftExpress. Not a shock, he battled eligibility issues. The 7’0” center averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, but NBA scouts are not blown away. He has an NBA body and is pretty mobile, but he is not a guy with many post moves (he got his points in college because he is really tall and stands near the basket) and there are questions about his feel for the game. DraftExpress has him going No. 28, so he is a late first round, early second round guy.

• Patric Young, the Florida big man some NBA scouts do like, is expected to stay another year in college. He was expected to go in the first round.

• Terrence Ross, the swingman from Washington (that nobody saw because the Pac-10 sucked this year) is entering the draft. Ross is solidly in the first round (DraftExpress has him 16) because he is an athletic swingman with good shooting range.

• Maybe the more heralded player from the Huskies, freshman Tony Wroten, has yet to make his decision.

• J’Covan Brown is forgoing his senior season at Texas and is headed to the draft. He averaged 20.1 points per game last season and is a quick, penetrating guard who put up points in college. If he gets drafted it likely will be in the second round.

  1. boilerup1869 - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    No big shocker that Fab Melo is going to the draft. No big shocker that he was declared ineligible for the tourney. One-and-done’s aren’t known for their academics lol

    • emerson12345 - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      he played TWO years

  2. boilerup1869 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Oops you’re right. My bad!

  3. cnyphinfan - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    You may want to check your stats – no way he averaged 15 & 11 – I believe he was around 8 and 8……..it was one of the lowest averages to lead the team in rebounding in the school’s history I believe.

    • cosanostra71 - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      according to ESPN, he averaged 7.8 PPG on 56% shooting, 5.8 RPG, and 2.9 BPG in 25.4 MPG. Same stats at sports-reference.com

  4. pbanach01 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Ya 15 and 11? I am confused as to where this number comes from. 15 and 11 in college is absolutely beasting. Melo was a huge factor on defense but his offensive game still needs to improve. Wish he stayed but school does not seem like his thing.

  5. 10of14 - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Fab will be robbing convenience stores within 16 months…he is not NBA caliber and like the others said, you inflated his stats X 2. If he played in the A-10, he might get 12 and 10, but not BE. He will go undrafted.

  6. 700levelvet - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    7.8 points a game?………For real?……NBA execs must be drooling…….

    • boilerup1869 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      I wonder if he declared for the draft out of desperation?

      Maybe the cause of this disqualification was severe enough for him to think he can’t return to Syracuse (for a reasonable portion of the season) next year?

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