Gamecocks pursuing four-star forward

On a night where 6-foot-8 Melvin Tabb elevated Enloe High (N.C.) to a perfect 8-0 record, the talented forward sat down with to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

Some players look to grow physically, but 6-foot-8, 220-pound junior Melvin Tabb looks to grow in maturity on and off the court — There are a lot of schools that would like to extend some knowledge to the forward.

South Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, Baylor, East Carolina and UNC Greensboro have all offered the four-star big man, who is ranked No. 73 in's 2010 National 100. And according to Tabb, Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina State, Texas, Memphis and North Carolina have all shown interest.

"I feel like I can play with anybody. I want to play with good people on and off the court," Tabb said. "I want a team that has winning ways, so that I can get the recognition to help propel my game to the next level."

Thus far, the Enloe High (N.C.) star has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in his team's 8-0 start, but he's not too sure of how far he wants to take his game away from the Tar Heel State.

"Right now, my mom just gave birth to my little brother, so I want to stay close to home for a couple of years, but if I have to travel outside of the state, then I will," Tabb said. "I don't want to go too far away from home, and I want to play in a conference close to home."

However, if the situation sets up right for Tabb, he's definitely not opposed to venturing across the border.

"I'm not afraid to go out of state, but if that's what's best for me then I'll take it," the forward added. "If I'm not a starter, I want to be in the six to seven man rotation."

Football games have been the main attraction schools have used to bring Tabb to campus, but he's yet to make an official visit anywhere or set one up.

"I think South Carolina has been showing a little bit of interest since the summer. I went to a football game (with LSU), and they've been showing me a lot of love the last two, three months."

Tabb is just looking to expand his game, and is taking in his recruitment right now while being focused on the success that his high school is having as a team.

The four-star recruit wants to go somewhere he can contribute and be a go-to guy during or before his junior year.

"I'm open to anything. I'm not going to be closed minded with my recruiting, and I'll take any chance that I can get."

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