The secret to getting Melvin Tabb going is jab him with a little name-calling. That's what the 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C., says is the secret to his success.
The future nationally-ranked class of 2010 prospect plays with the kind of aggression of someone that just had his manhood challenged. Tabb said he wouldn't have it any other way either.
"I think the whole game of basketball is about aggressiveness. You never win any games by being passive. You have to be the aggressor," he said. "My coach is always calling me a pansy. If someone calls you a pansy, you want to go out there and prove them wrong…My mindset [at the Jamboree] was attack, attack, attack. If you attack hard enough, you are going to get fouled and go to the line. It's a win-win situation."
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Tabb has been in a win-win situation over the last two weekends. Tabb was at the Clemson elite camp last week and at the Nike Hoop Jamboree the week before that.
"[The Jamboree] was good experience playing against guys with the same ability and goals as you," Tabb said. "Everybody is going to give it their all there. It was nice to play against that kind of competition."
Speaking of competition, the race to get involved with the future four-star prospect is getting intense.
Tabb said he has heard from Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Florida, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest over the last week since college coaches were allowed to call rising juniors for the first time. Tabb also said that he has heard from Baylor, Florida State, Duke, Boston College, Stanford and Harvard via letters.
With a number of schools looking at him at the moment, Tabb said he is keeping all of his options open.
"I wouldn't accept an offer right now just for the simple fact that it's still very early. I don't know what I want to do right now and I don't know all of the different situations very well just yet," Tabb, who wants to major in Criminal Justice, said.
"I'm not sure when I'd give my commitment. I know it's not going to be anytime soon. I have to see what's going on when I do. I want to go to a school with winning ways and that is on national television a lot and puts guys in the NBA. No one wants to go to a school and sit so if I could play as a freshman, that's going to be nice."
He said he will participate in the Florida and the Wake Forest elite camps in August. Tabb and his Carolina Raptors team will participate in the Take 5ive Classic in Cincinnati to start the month and close out the month at Main Event in Las Vegas.