Fab Melo

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Fab Melo
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Melo playing with Syracuse in 2012
Personal information
Born(1990-06-20)June 20, 1990
Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
DiedFebruary 11, 2017(2017-02-11) (aged 26)
Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
NationalityBrazilian
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight298 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school Sagemont (Weston, Florida)
College Syracuse (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2012–2016
Position Center
Number13
Career history
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2012–2013Maine Red Claws
2014 Texas Legends
2015–2016 Liga Sorocabana
2016 Brasília
Career highlights and awards

Fabricio Paulino de Melo ( [faˈbɾisju paw.ˈli.nu ʤɪ ˈmɛɫu] ; June 20, 1990 – February 11, 2017) was a Brazilian professional basketball player. He played one season in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Boston Celtics before returning to his home country and playing for Liga Sorocabana and Brasília of the Brazilian Novo Basquete Brasil (NBB). Prior to entering the NBA in 2012, he played two years of college basketball for Syracuse, where he was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.

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High school and college career

Melo arrived in the United States in 2008 and enrolled at Sagemont School in Weston, Florida. [1] After graduating from Sagemont in 2010, Melo joined the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team. He spent two seasons playing for head coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and was part of the Orange team that went 34–3 overall and 17–1 in the Big East in 2012. Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in the 2011–12 campaign. He was suspended twice during the season, once for three games during the regular season and again for the NCAA tournament due to academics. Melo's academic eligibility was also part of the NCAA investigation in which the Syracuse program self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2014–15 season. Melo claimed he was failing because he didn't understand English. [2] Despite these issues, Melo was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. [3]

The Sagemont School is a private preparatory school in Weston, Florida, United States.

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In April 2012, Melo declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. [4] [5]

Professional career

NBA

On June 28, 2012, Melo was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft. [6] On July 3, 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics. [7] He played six games in the NBA for Boston during the 2012–13 campaign, but mostly spent the year in the NBA Development League with the Maine Red Claws. On December 22, 2012, in Maine's 85–78 loss to the Erie BayHawks, Melo recorded a triple-double and set a new NBA Development League record for blocked shots in a game with 14; he also had 15 points and 16 rebounds to register just the third triple-double in team history. [8] At the end of the season, he was named to the NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team and All-Rookie First Team. [9]

2012 NBA draft

The 2012 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2012, at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft started at 7:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This draft marked the first time that the first two players selected were from the same school. It also set a record of having six players from one school (Kentucky) being selected in the two rounds of the draft and was the first draft to have the first three selections be college freshmen all from the same conference, the Southeastern Conference. Not only that, but it also featured the oldest player to ever get selected in an NBA draft, with Bernard James being 27 years old at the time of the draft. Of the players drafted, 30 are forwards, 21 are guards, and 9 are centers.

Maine Red Claws basketball team

The Maine Red Claws are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League, based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws are affiliated with the Boston Celtics, and play their home games at the Portland Expo Building. The team debuted in the 2009-2010 season and have since won three division titles. The team is owned by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is chaired by William Ryan, Jr.

On August 15, 2013, Melo was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Donté Greene. [10] He was later waived by the Grizzlies on August 30, 2013. [11] On September 10, 2013, Melo signed with the Dallas Mavericks, [12] but he was ultimately waived on October 22. [13]

Memphis Grizzlies American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Grizzlies are an American professional basketball team based in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The Grizzlies play their home games at FedExForum. The team is owned by Robert Pera. The Grizzlies are currently the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the city of Memphis.

Donté Greene American basketball player

Donté Dominic Greene is an American professional basketball player who last played for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut of the Lebanese Basketball League. He played for the Syracuse Orange's basketball team for one year before being selected with the 28th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 NBA draft.

Dallas Mavericks American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas

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On January 22, 2014, Melo was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. [14]

Texas Legends

The Texas Legends are an NBA G League team based in Frisco, Texas, and the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The franchise began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before relocating to Frisco in 2009 and becoming the Texas Legends for the 2010–11 season. The Legends play their home games at the Dr Pepper Arena.

Brazil

On August 1, 2014, Melo signed with Brazilian team Club Athletico Paulistano of the NBB. [15] However, he never appeared in a game for Paulistano. On April 7, 2015, he signed with Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rico, [16] but soon left before appearing in a game for the team.

In November 2015, Melo signed with Liga Sorocabana for the remainder of the 2015–16 season. [17] In June 2016, he signed with Brasília. [18] He played in six games for Brasília during the Liga Sudamericana de Básquetbol and appeared in one regular season game on November 30, 2016. [19]

Death

Melo died of natural causes on February 11, 2017, at the age of 26. He was pronounced dead at home in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil; sources state that he went to bed and was discovered dead the following morning by his mother. [20] [21]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13 Boston 606.0.500.000.250.5.0.3.31.2
Career606.0.500.000.250.5.0.3.31.2

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