2012 NBA Draft: Syracuse's Fab Melo Releases Statement, Enters NBA Draft

Syracuse Orange basketball center Fabricio Melo has decided to sign with an agent and enter the 2012 NBA Draft (via Syracuse).

Melo released the following statement on Thursday:

"After meeting with my mother, my family and Coach Boeheim, I have decided to enter my name in to the 2012 NBA Draft. Being able to play professional basketball has been my dream since I first starting playing this game and now I have the opportunity to accomplish that dream. Coach Boeheim, Coach Hopkins and the rest of the Syracuse staff have helped me develop as a player and as a man and I will always be appreciative for what they've done for me. I wish Syracuse University, the basketball program and the Syracuse fans nothing but the best."

Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks for the Orange as a Sophomore. He showed drastic improvements in his game from his Freshman season. This past season, Melo helped Syracuse earn a No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament before he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the tournament. Without Melo, the Orange lost in the Elite Eight to Ohio State.

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