Elite center Fabricio de Melo made quite a large splash on the travel team circuit this summer and drew the attention of schools across the country. After agonizing over a college decision, de Melo is now set to attend a school that had great success with a star who had a similar name.
Could de Melo do for Syracuse what Carmelo Anthony did for the Orangemen? The 7-foot, 270-pound de Melo will be planted in the middle of that 2-3 zone with a talented cast of teammates around him.
"The first thing is that he formed a bond with Coach Boeheim," said de Melo's high school coach Adam Ross of Weston (Fla.) Sagemont High School. "He feels it is a system he can go into right away and be successful with an outstanding supporting cast around him."
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Ross also noted how impressed de Melo with his visit to the Syracuse campus this past spring. At the same time it was a difficult decision for the Brazilian center.
"It has been a struggle all along," said Ross about the recruiting process. "Louisville, UConn and Florida State were the other schools. Fab decided Syracuse was the perfect fit. He's a very happy fellow right now."
A highly skilled offensive player, de Melo is the No. 5 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.