Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Minas Gerais, Brazil (4E Sports) – Former Syracuse center Fab Melo , a first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, was found dead Saturday at his family’s home in Brazil. He was 26.
According to reports, Melo reportedly went to sleep at the house Friday night and did not wake up Saturday morning. The cause of death is yet to be determined.
“I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of Fab Melo . He was a kind, genuine person who was committed to doing his best while he was at,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said on his Twitter account. Syracuse also expressed condolences to the family of Melo .
Melo was Big East Defensive Player of the Year in his sophomore season with the Orange. The 7-footer also helped lead Syracuse to a 34-3 overall record in 2011-12 and to a 1-seed in the NCAA tournament that same year.
However, Melo was suspended prior to the start of the tournament amid eligibility concerns. In 30 games during his sophomore season, Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks.
Melo declared for the 2012 NBA draft after his sophomore season and was selected 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics where he played for just 6 games.
After bouncing around from the Celtics to the D-League’s Maine Red Claws, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks before deciding to join Brazilian team, Club Athletico Club Paulistano , in 2014.
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