Fab Melo Ineligible
March 13, 2012 by staff
Fab Melo Ineligible, Syracuse star center Fab Melo has been ruled ineligible to play in the NCAA tournament, the school announced Tuesday. The announcement comes just two days before the top-seeded Orange are scheduled to take on UNC-Asheville in the tournament’s East Region.
“Syracuse University sophomore men’s basketball center Fab Melo did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh, and will not take part in the NCAA Tournament due to an eligibility issue,” read a statement posted on the university’s website.
“Given University policy and federal student privacy laws, no further details can be provided at this time.”
The 7-footer was suspended for three games earlier this season because of an unspecified academic issue.
Syracuse’s only regular-season loss, a 67-58 defeat at Notre Dame on Jan. 21, came with Melo sitting out. Melo was voted the Big East defensive player of the year by the conference’s coaches.
Melo, a key piece in the middle of the team’s vaunted zone defense, finished the regular season ranked second in the Big East with 88 blocked shots, an average of 2.93 per game.
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