He blocked and altered shots, grabbed rebounds, and began numerous fast break opportunities for the Orange.
Leaving college early, Melo was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
Shortly after, he was placed in the NBA development league (NBDL) where he competed on the Maine Red Claws' squad. Being called up to the Celtics numerous times, he only played in a little over a handful of games.
This summer, Boston gave Melo another opportunity to show what he has to offer at Orlando Pro Summer League in Florida.
Melo still has some work to do offensively, but he has been able to get inside and have positive moments close to the rim.
He also drew fouls and got to the free throw line, where he cashed in despite the more common theme of seven-footers struggling from the charity stripe.
Where he looked more nonchalant at getting rebounds, seeming to not go after them full force at the beginning of the week, Melo ended the week leaving one word in bold: Hustle. He ran up and down the court instead of being the center that lagged behind and sometimes missed out on plays. Melo went right inside on offense and took contact fighting for positioning.
Willing to take a hit, hustling, and calling out to his teammates on offense and defense show that Melo is maturing and playing to help the team more. If his effort in Summer League continues into potential training camp work, Melo could find himself with more opportunities in the NBA this upcoming season. His final grade is a B.