Fab Melo signs with agent, killing his return to Syracuse.
We all saw that this was coming so without further adieu, ladies and gents Syracuse center Fab Melo has just left the building.
According to Nation of Orange, Melo has signed with agent Arn Tellem so that effectively kills the likely hood of his return.
Melo is without a doubt a star in the making. There is just one problem and that is his apparent lack of discipline.
Even if it’s a sham, I often wonder why during the collegiate process, guys sometimes treat their grades like a joke. Being young sometimes often affords you the luxury of not valuing knowledge I suppose.
The NCAA college basketball program has now been reduced to being a showcase circus for kids that are looking to show-out for NBA scouts.
It’s worse than free agency because in some cases, teams may only get to hold on to a kid for one year before he’s a ghost.
Thus a situation like Melos. His actions at Syracuse from the outside looking in proves that he never cared about being a student-athlete. He was there to be an athlete; academics be damned.
If as stated that his family needs financial help, then I can appreciate how this young man is stepping up to be a provider.
The reality of life is that sometimes, you have to do what you have to do to take care of your own. The thing is that I doubt that he was ever torn between academics and going pro.
I would hope that at some point he will step back and realize the value of the education that he just passed on.
Often times, guys make millions, lose them and we say ‘how did he go broke?!’ He went broke because he didn’t know how to manage the figures that were in his face. I’m not even going to go there. But there is a reason why guys who major in finance or business administration have a much lower “financial fail” rate than the guys that take classes like hip-hop basket weaving.
On the court, Syracuse almost pulled off a trip to the final four. It didn’t happen because they did not have Melo’s dominant frame in the middle.
We’re trained to say that one guy can’t make a difference; whatever. I whole-heartedly disagree and again, I wonder if Melo understands the value of the championship experience that he just lost.
This was all in the name of forgetting the books and thinking ahead into the next level. Hopefully, when he gets there he can make it through the shark-infested waters of business managers, lawyers and agents that all have their hands out.
That’s a stat category he doesn’t want to be in.