Tabb Swings by State

Raleigh (NC) Enloe junior Melvin Tabb didn't have to drive far for his most recent unofficial trip, as he visited NC State on Saturday.

Raleigh (NC) Enloe junior Melvin Tabb didn't have to drive far for his most recent unofficial trip, as he visited NC State on Saturday.

"I went to State on Saturday for their game against South Florida," said Tabb. "It was rained out, but State is always a good place. It would be a nice choice for me. It's close to home, I could play in the ACC, and I think it would be great to play for coach Lowe.

"Before I'd give my commitment I would like to see them turn around their winning ways a little bit, but I like State a lot."

Tabb is familiar with C.J. Leslie, the local forward already committed to NC State.

"I'm real cool with C.J.," said Tabb. "We used to play on the same AAU team. I feel like if I would go to State with C.J., we would give a lot of teams matchup problems because we can both score, rebound, and play defense.

"I think it would just matter how coach Lowe would use us. I don't know if he would play us both together... he might play one of us at a time, or I think one of us could play the three, the other the four, and we could get another big man to play the five."

One of the top in-state players in the 2010 class, Tabb averaged nearly 14 points a game as a sophomore for Enloe. There were some whispers that he could join Leslie, star point guard John Wall and two of Tabb's AAU teammates, Bishop Daniels and Dezmine Wells, at Raleigh's Word of God.

However, Tabb decided to remain at Enloe and he is working hard to prepare for this year as college coaches are stopping by during the evaluation period.

"We have four-man workouts during the week at school and then we have some stuff on Saturdays," he stated. "It's still early in school, but we'll see what happens with us this year.

"It's been really busy with colleges. Clemson, Baylor, Wake Forest, Virginia, V. Tech, Vanderbilt, and [NC] State have been by my school. I think Oklahoma is coming in sometime soon... there has been a good amount of attention. East Carolina and Clemson have already offered me a scholarship."

East Carolina was the most recent to offer Tabb a scholarship. He was in Greenville for ECU's big football win over West Virginia, and he enjoyed the environment.

"East Carolina is a nice school," said Tabb. "I felt like they really wanted me there on the visit. They have a nice facility, and it is a good environment.

"They don't play in the toughest conference, but they do go against Memphis so I would get to measure myself against them. I wasn't really paying much attention to ECU basketball, but now that they offered me I'm going to look at them a lot more closer this year."

Clemson was the first to offer Tabb a scholarship.

"I really like Clemson," he said. "I think they are a good team, and I think they are going to do well this year. They have already offered me so that definitely puts them high on my list."

Another school that Tabb is high on is Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are expressing strong interest, and he is very familiar with the recruits they are bringing in.

"I like Wake Forest a lot as well," said Tabb. "They are recruiting some really good players. I know they have C.J. Harris committed and they are bringing in J.T. Terrell in my class. I've played with J.T. in AAU, and we're cool."

NC State is heavily in the mix. He has connections to the school, and they are recruiting him harder than they have before.

"My mom graduated from State so that is definitely a positive," said Tabb. "During the summer I didn't hear a lot from State, but I always felt welcomed when I visited State. Getting closer towards the school year I started hearing a lot more from them.

"They came to one of my workouts, invited me to some games and are picking it up a lot. I talk to coach Strickland and coach Towe... they are mainly handling my recruitment. I like State... State is cool."

Tabb hopes to take a few more visits in the near future, including another trip to NC State.

"I'll probably go back to NC State again when they play Florida State," he said. "I think I'm going to try and visit UVA and South Carolina soon too."

Does he have a timeframe for making a decision?

"Honestly, I don't even know. I always used to say I just wanted to go to the No. 1 school, but now that I'm older and more mature I know I need to make sure I find the best fit for me and where I can contribute as a freshman.

"I want a team that has winning ways, is in a good conference, and a team that can help give me a chance to make it to the NBA."

"I'd basically like to go to a school where I could go in and contribute as a freshman," Tabb added. "I feel like I'm the type of player that can come in and contribute to a team... maybe not start but at least be in the seven-man rotation."

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