Tabb Ready To Get To Wake

Enloe senior Melvin Tabb's season ended on a buzzer-beating three at the hands of Durham Riverside's T.J. Warren last Friday, but despite the disappointing result, the 6'8" forward still took a lot away from his senior campaign. Averaging 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists on the year, Tabb chipped in 17 points in his final game as an Eagle.

"The senior season started slow at first," Tabb said. "Even though we were winning games, it was slow and we weren't having the fun that we should have had, but later on in the season we had a lot more fun and started getting along. It didn't end the way we wanted, but everyone had a good time while it was going on."

Tabb spent the year focusing on his face-up game, and has really improved his mid-range game to complement his play on the block and his dunking ability. His range extends out to 15 feet, but he has also been known to knock down longer jumpers as well. Where Tabb is most effective, though, is as a high-energy, extra effort player. He explained that he got this mentality from his uncle and former AAU coach Tony Edwards.

"I talked to Coach Edwards and he told me that I can score 18-19 points and I'll be fine," Tabb said. "It's the other aspects of the game that are going to matter. Anyone can score points if they take enough shots. I can score easily because I'm bigger, I'm stronger and I'm faster than other guys at the high school level. So he told me it was really more important to give the extra effort to get that rebound or make the next pass or get a steal or a blocked shot. That was my point of view there after the first couple of games."

"There have been games where I've scored almost 30, but I was always more concerned with my rebounds and my assists. There was one game I played only 3 quarters and almost had a triple-double, I had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists – and I also had 2 blocks. I honestly thought that was my best game of the season."

Tabb's humble demeanor will be a welcome addition to the Demon Deacons next season. With high-octane scorers like J.T. Terrell and Travis McKie coming in, as well as the talent shown by current freshmen C.J. Harris and Ari Stewart, the Deacs need a glue guy who is willing to do the dirty work.

And Tabb is certainly geared up to get the chance to put that work in and get to Winston-Salem.

"From a basketball point of view, I'm going to rest the next two weeks and get my focus back on school so I can get ready to graduate. But after that, Coach Edwards and I are hitting the gym really hard and getting my body physically and mentally ready."

"I'm going to work on my skillset so I can be more developed when I get on campus. We just started a conditioning program and I don't want to get too far behind, so I'm going to hit the weights too. I don't want to get too big, but I want to be able to hold my own. I'm pretty sure the strength and conditioning coach at Wake is going to appreciate what my uncle does."

In what seems to be a recurring theme for the incoming class of 2014, Tabb is willing to do whatever it takes to win. And that means focusing on the little things.

"I'm just going to do what the coaches need me to do when I get on campus. If they need me to play the 3, I'll play the 3. If they need me to play the 4, I'll play the 4. I just want to get better and help the team. And you know, it's not always about scoring. Lebron James is the best player in the NBA right now and he isn't concerned with leading the league in scoring. He knows he can score. It's the other things he does that help the Cavs win. And to me, that's absolutely right."

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