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.
Syracuse’s chances of challenging for Big East and NCAA championships just got a whole lot better.
That’s because The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that 7-foot sophomore center Fab Melo has been reinstated after missing three games, reportedly for academic reasons.
Melo will be eligible to return Saturday when the Orange (22-1, 9-1 Big East) face St. John’s at Madison Square Garden.
Syracuse had no official comment Wednesday night.
Without him, Syracuse lost its first game of the season, at Notre Dame, in a game in which Irish center Jack Cooley dominated down low.
The Orange also won at Cincinnati and at home against West Virginia courtesy of a no-call on a late goaltending move by Syracuse big man Baye Keita.
Melo is averaging 7.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
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.