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One of the hottest names on the summer recruiting circuit right now is Fabricio De Melo, a 7-foot, 267-pound center who goes by the name of Fab Melo.
A native of Brazil and a junior at Sagemont High School in Florida, Melo averaged 13.5 points for his school in Brazil before arriving in the U.S. He sat out his junior season at Sagemont because of Florida’s international student transfer rules, but his stock soared after the King James Classic in April.
Now Melo is competing before 250 college coaches in the adidas ItTakes5ive Classic in Cincinnati.
He has lost 20 pounds since March.
Melo’s list consists of Louisville, Florida State, Syracuse and UConn, according to Sagemont head coach Adam Ross.
“Kentucky and Georgetown are recruiting him very hard, so is Texas,” Ross said by phone.
Melo has visited UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Florida and Florida State and will decide by the fall.
“I think he’ll cut the list down after the July period to two or three schools and either make a decision based on those visits or he’ll wait until school starts Aug. 24 where he’s able to take official visits and visit a couple of those places,” Ross said.
“He’ll sign a National Letter of Intent somewhere in November. He won’t be a late signer.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.