Former Syracuse and NBA big man Fab Melo died in his home country of Brazil yesterday at the age of 26.
This was some hard news to hear. It was an honor to watch such a talented player. I was disappointed in a lot of the comments that I’ve read on this article as well as several others.
In his final season with Syracuse, Melo got a lot of grief for his academics, and his eligibility status led to an NCAA investigation. Head Coach Jim Boeheim was found guilty of using academically ineligible players over the years. Thus leading to Boeheim’s suspension, and the retraction of 108 of his wins.
I remember watching the NBA draft in 2012 when Melo was drafted in the first round, I couldn’t believe it. I’m not much of a Celtics fan, but I was excited to be able to continue to watch one of my favorite ‘Cuse basketball players.
Regardless of his involvement in the Syracuse basketball eligibility scandal, he should not be remembered in such a negative light. Instead he should be remembered as an incredible basketball player, gone too soon.