Four-star power forward has family ties to SC
Just like every high-major recruit, the new day pretty much brings in new interest, and 2010 forward Melvin Tabb is no different.
"I don't want to make a decision too soon," the Enloe High (N.C.) star said. "Maybe this summer, I might announce. Once the high school season ends, I'll probably narrow my list."
Tabb put a lot of emphasis on the ever-changing world of basketball and the different level of interest that he's receiving on a day-to-day basis from different schools. Consistency and a good relationship is the key.
Since the four-star recruit has had a lot of interest from multiple different coaches, he's met and started to bond with different people in the basketball community. So far, Tabb claims he has six offers — South Carolina, Baylor, Clemson, Wake Forest, UNC Greensboro and ECU — but the list of schools with interest spans all over the country.
"I've built a good relationship with a lot of coaches," he said.
Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina State, Auburn, North Carolina, Florida and Indiana all have shown interest as well according to Tabb, and he's heard a lot of little rumors that have linked him to different schools.
"(Most coaches) can see me at the three or the four," he said. "They like the fact that I'm a big that can run. They do say that I have a good chance to play early in my career."
Playing early for Tabb is big and just might be the deciding factor when it comes down to his decision.
"My dream is to make it to the NBA, so the sooner (I can play), the better. I do want to contribute to a team. No one wants to go to a school and sit the bench," Tabb continued. "If it was a necessary thing to go away from home, or a situation where it was open to me to make an impact my freshman year, then I would take the opportunity. But I would like to stay close to home so it wouldn't be a hassle for my family to come to a game."
Staying close to home is key for Tabb, but home isn't necessarily specific to just his hometown in Raleigh.
"I actually have family in South Carolina (among other states)," the forward said. "My aunt really likes basketball. She likes to see me play."
Tabb's aunt lives in Columbia, S.C., and he acknowledged that this is an advantage for the Gamecocks.
But before Tabb puts all of that into perspective, he's currently most focused on this upcoming year where his Eagles have bounced back since their first round loss last month to Panther Creek (N.C.) at the GSK Holiday Invitational to amass an impressive 18-1 record.
"Last year we were 24-7. This year we came with a lot more experience and fire power," said Tabb, who's averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds on the season. "This year we started bonding earlier in the season. The loss at the Glaxo, we were so (excited) before the game, and we lost focus. We've regained focus, and I feel we have a good chance at winning the state championship."
One of Tabb's teammates — Emanuel Chapman — has come up with the forward through many levels of basketball and has been his longtime friend, and the two have considered playing college together if the right situation presents itself.
"Emmanuel Chapman, he has a lot of good schools after him. I think Virginia Tech is after him, and he likes Virginia Tech. But I want everybody to be happy and successful."
One thing that Tabb has considered for his collegiate decision is his major.
"I haven't really selected my major, but I was thinking criminal justice. I (also) like broadcasting."
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