In the first game of the tournament, the team lost its starting backcourt to injuries. Standout 2011 combo guard Bishop Daniels sprained his ankle, and starting 2010 point guard Emanuel Chapman went down as well. The Raptors Select were already playing without starting 2011 small forward Dezmine Wells, who broke his leg at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. The injuries put a lot of pressure on 2010 combo forward Melvin Tabb and the rest of the squad. Tabb believes his team will learn from the experience.
"It was great for us," said Tabb. "It gave us a chance to match up aainst older guys and see where we are as a team. We had to play without some of our starters so it gave our bench a chance to get better and show what they can do.
"Overall, I think we finished up strong. We'll take a little break before Vegas and come back strong. We should do well out there."
As a sophomore, Tabb averaged nearly 14 points a game for Enloe. There have been some whispers that he could join Leslie, star point guard John Wall and two of Tabb's AAU teammates, Daniels and Wells, at Raleigh's Word of God. Tabb stated that as of now he plans to remain at Enloe.
"I'm trying to
use my mind more."
"I'll be back at Enloe," he said. "I don't think it's a problem. I don't think that would hurt my recruitment any."
His recent play has definitely helped his recruitment. After a strong effort at the Tournament of Champions, he was outstanding at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.
Tabb injured his knee very early in his prep career and now appears to have all of his athleticism back. At 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, he's a bouncy forward capable of doing damage in the paint or attacking from the wing. Mentally, he also feels that his game has made strides.
"When I was younger I just went out there and jumped a lot," said Tabb. "My game was all about jumping and using my athleticism. Now that I'm older I realize the game isn't all about jumping. I'm trying to use my mind more than my athletic ability right now and play a smart game on the floor."
Colleges have taken notice, and Tabb has picked up his first offer.
"Right now I'm hearing from all of the ACC," he said. "Florida, Oklahoma, Georgetown, and I hear Memphis is starting to show some interest.
"I got my first offer last week from Clemson. That puts them high on my list because they are my first offer. I want to keep seeing what I can get though."
Living just minutes from NC State's campus, Tabb is familiar with the Wolfpack. NC State assistant Larry Harris is recruiting the local product, and Harris evaluated him at the Peach State Summer Showcase. What does Tabb think of the Wolfpack?
"State is good," he said. "State is real good. They are starting to turn things around, and if they continue to do that I'd be glad to go there. They are watching me play too."