When Fabricio de Melo first arrived at the Weston (Fla.) Sagemont Upper School from Brazil last fall, basketball coach Adam Ross had difficulty pronouncing his name.
“Everyone was calling him Fabio, Fabian and finally I just said, ‘You know what, I see Brazilian soccer players go by one name,’ ” Ross said. ” ‘We gotta find a shorter name for you, like Yao or something. How about Fab Melo?’ ”
The young man looked at Ross and smiled.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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