Deacons Offer Tabb

A 6'8, 227 pound forward with impressive athleticism, Melvin Tabb is a handful on the hardwood. His versatility and ability to play inside and out makes him a big match-up problem for opponents. The Wake Forest staff has watched Tabb for a while and have now extended the super soph an offer. DeaconSports spoke with Tabb to get his thoughts on the Deacs and where they stand with him.

The Wake Forest coaching staff has a lot of scholarships to fill for the class of 2010. With two 2010 guards already committed, the staff has turned their attention to the front court. They have their sights set on 6'8 forward Melvin Tabb from Enloe High School in Raleigh. Tabb is an ultra athletic and versatile player that has high expectations for himself and his team this season.

"I think we can win the conference this year and make a big run at the state title," said Tabb. "We have seven returners from a team that finished second last year. The experience will help us a lot and our goal is to win the state title. My goal is to average a double-double and help my team win any way I can. My team comes first."

Tabb is coming off a very impressive sophomore season and is expected to be even better this year. "I averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds last season. I missed all of my freshman year with a broken leg so last year was my first year back. My leg healed up great and I made a full recovery. I was All-State last year and was named MVP for Enloe."

With his ability to play inside and out, Tabb can cause a lot of headaches for his opponents on the court. "I really use my size and strength to my advantage. I have the ability to play inside and out. I feel my versatility and will to win are my biggest strengths."

Tabb has already received multiple offers and is expecting a few others to come his way. "I have offers from Wake Forest, Clemson, Baylor, East Carolina, and UNCG," he said. "I also think State will offer soon. I am getting a lot of love from the ACC schools. I really want to play in the ACC so I can play in the best conference and stay close to home. I also want to go somewhere and contribute as a freshman."

Tabb visited Wake Forest last weekend and received some good news from Coach Gaudio. "Wake offered me last weekend," Tabb noted. "I like Wake a lot. They have great academics and I know I would get a great education there. I like the small classes at Wake as well. I also think I can play early at Wake. I also know C.J. Harris and J.T. Terrell and they are both great guys. If I decide to go to Wake I think we would have a real good team and make a lot of noise in the ACC."

Don't expect a rushed decision from Tabb at this point, however. He has something a little bigger on his plate. "I am going to be a big brother real soon and I am focused on that right now. I don't have a timetable for my decision at this point. I am just going to go where I fit in best."

Tabb would be a huge addition to Wake's current 2010 class. He would give them a versatile and explosive front court player that play with intensity and passion. Tabb is also a young man that would be a asset to the Wake Forest community both on and off of the court.


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