Fab Melo to Declare for NBA Draft

April 5, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v UCONN
Fab Melo (L) led the Orange to victory in 29 of the 30 games played for head coach Jim Boeheim (R). (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Syracuse sophomore center Fab Melo will sign with an agent and enter the NBA Draft, according to a report on the school’s website Thursday.

Said Melo, according to the report, “After meeting with my mother, my family and Coach Boeheim, I have decided to enter my name in to the 2012 NBA Draft. Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first starting playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream.”

The seven-foot Melo started 30 games for the 34-3 Orange last season and was named the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 2.9 blocks per game. Syracuse won all but one of his starts, but dearly missed his presence in their season-ending loss to Ohio State in the Elite Eight.