Postseason Q&A: Melvin Tabb

2010 Wake Forest commit Melvin Tabb and his teammates at Enloe High School recently completed a successful 2008-2009 season. The team went 29-3, a mark which included 3 wins in the state playoffs. DeaconSports caught up with Tabb to get his reflections on the season.

Melvin, give us a review of your junior season.
"Well, we came into the season as the top dog and started off hot. We lost none of our non-conference games. A few of them were very good, competitive games but we played well. Next, we had the Glaxo tournament. I had to sit out the first quarter of that game because I had missed some practice that week due to family reasons. I never got in the flow of the game and we ended up losing to a very good Panther Creek team. We won our next two games in the Glaxo and ended on a high note. Then we started our conference season. We knew it was going to be us and Millbrook battling it out for first place. We ended up splitting our games with them and tied for first and the end of the conference season, we got the 2 seed in our conference tourney and wanted another shot at Millbrook but that didn't happen. We played Wakefield in our conference title game and won that. Next was the state playoffs. We beat Apex in the first round and then had a tough match up with Middle Creek in the second round. They have Garrius Adams whos is going to Miami and a lot of people thought we would get upset in that game. We came into that one with a chip on our shoulder and took care of business. We then had a good comeback win against Knightdale which led us to our game with Terry Sanford. I think we played well and hard in that game but just came up a bit short. I will not forget how it felt leaving that court and hearing the Terry Sanford fans cheering. I never want that feeling again. That is a lot of motivation going into next season but I really wanted to win this year for our seniors."

Talk about your play during the playoffs. You had a great regular season but turned it up even more in the post season. You had over 20 in every playoff game as well as double digit rebounds.
"I think the knock on me going into this year was that I couldn't carry a team. I really had a chip on my shoulder during the playoffs. I wanted to show what I was capable of. My AAU coach helped to motivate me before our playoff games. I played every game like it was my last because in the playoffs it could have been. It was my chance to prove the doubters wrong. Overall, I was happy with my play the entire season. I think I got some lateral quickness back and was able to expand my game this year. Now I am just motivated to get better and win the state title next season."

What are your plans for this Spring and Summer?
"I really want to show everyone how good I am this AAU season. I want to be the best at whatever I do. My goal is to be the best player in the country. I will be at the Carolina Challenge this month and I hope to attend the Lebron James skills camp. I also will be attending a camp at Wake as well."

* Melvin Tabb also mentioned how happy he was to be a Demon Deacon and how glad he is that has the recruiting process is over. He said he will continue to focus on his academics so he is ready to go after his senior season at Enloe. Special thanks to Melvin for taking the time to speak with us.

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