Fab Melo big show at Adidas Take Five Classic

Fab Melo was the big show at the Adidas Take Five Classic in Cincinnati on Monday. Rick Pitino arrived early to watch his top 2010 prospect and InsideTheVille.com has the lowdown on all the action.

Rick Pitino was on Fab Melo duty Monday at the Adidas Take Five Classic. Flanked by assistants Steve Masiello and Walter McCarty, Pitino was the only head coach in attendance to watch Melo's opening round game.

Melo wasn't on his 'A' game on Monday morning but he still flashed enough potential to show why Scout.com has ranked him the No. 5 prospect nationally. Melo had 9 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, while 2010 Louisville commit Josh Langford scored nine points.

In his evening vs. Indiana Elite, Melo had big-time coaches, including Billy Donovan and Roy Williams, lined up to see him play. He didn't disappoint.

Though Melo only scored four points, he grabbed several rebounds and dished out three assists.

Melo definitely is an intriguing prospect. He's on the raw-side offensively but he possesses a soft touch to 15 feet and has good hands. Melo also proved capable of challenging and altering shots around the rim defensively and impressed with solid passing skills. He ran the court well and hustled changing ends.

Langford, an athletic and strong 6-6 forward, finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks against Indiana Elite. Langford did most of his work in the paint and on the offensive boards with putbacks.

Michael Chandler, a 6-10 2011 Louisville commit, played with the Chicago Express. He played sparingly with Pitino watching Monday morning but had a strong second game against All-Ohio Force. Chandler was active on the boards, had a couple rebound follows, showed a nice post move for a hoop and drew several fouls in the paint to finish with 10 points.

Justin Martin, who re-opened his recruitment after backing out of his Louisville commitment, hit four three's in a 14 point effort against All-Ohio.


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