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Syracuse Center Fab Melo To Bypass Junior Year, Enter NBA Draft

Fab Melo (left) and head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Fab Melo (left) and head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP/WFAN) — Syracuse center Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice got held out because of eligibility issues.

The seven-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.

The Orange, the East’s top seed, still advanced to the round of eight before a loss to Ohio State deprived them of a berth in the Final Four.

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