Melo 2.0

Some programs are known for their big guys. Others specialize in guards. One Big East school is very specific. It prefers to land guys named Melo.

Don't mess with Syracuse when it comes to recruiting guys named "Melo."

This can't be true can it? The last time a "Melo" was enrolled at Syracuse, he delivered a national championship. Will it happen again? That would be fabulous if you're a fan of the Orange.

The Syracuse Orangemen have a second "Melo" in the pipeline and this one is 6-foot-10. On Tuesday, hours before heading to the airport for an extended trip back to Brazil, Fab Melo, a Top 10 prospect in the Class of 2010, picked the Syracuse Orangemen over Louisville, Connecticut and Florida State.

"Fab's going to go to Syracuse," Weston (Fla.) Sagemont coach Adam Ross told "I think he really enjoyed his visit there. I think it shocked him and I'm not sure he anticipated what he saw up there."

Melo's recruitment was high level all the way until the end. Head coaches lined the sidelines for his games all summer long. The list of heavy hitters who popped in to see him was distinguished. Leading the charge for the ‘Cuse was Boeheim and assistant Mike Hopkins.

"Jim Boeheim's a class act," Ross said. "He handled himself with a tremendous amount of class and I think Fab fed off his attitude and approach. They talked about the way they'll play with Fab and he felt like it was a system he could do well in. He's a hall of fame coach that has put a lot of kids in professional basketball."

Right about now, on a plane departing Miami for Brazil is a big fella (hopefully not in a middle seat) reclining back with a smile on his face. Fab's found his school and he's headed home to celebrate.

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