Syracuse C Fab Melo will declare for NBA draft, sources say

Syracuse center Fab Melo will forgo his final two years of eligiblity and enter the 2012 NBA draft, sources told The Juice Online. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publically on the matter.

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The sources also said that Melo has signed with an agent and the process is underway to prepare Melo for pre-draft workouts.

Melo becomes the second player on Syracuse to declare early for the NBA. SU guard Dion Waiters also announced he was leaving in March. Melo was named the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, with 88 blocked shots.

However, Melo didn’t play in the NCAA tournament after he was declared ineligible. Melo was also absent for three games during the regular season with a reported academic issue.

The Orange was eliminated in the Elite 8 by Ohio State. projects Melo as a late first round or early second round pick.

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