Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The 7-foot sophomore missed the team’s last two games, at Notre Dame and at Cincinnati, because of academic concerns.
Prior to that, he had started every game for the Orange, 21-1 overall and 8-1 in the Big East. Melo is averaging 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds along with a team-leading 60 blocked shots.
He is still able to practice with the team and did so Wednesday, the Post-Standard reported.
It goes without saying that if Melo were to be lost for the postseason, it could hamper the Orange’s chances of contending for Big East and national championships.
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.