Fab Melo’s Reading File

One more thought on the Fab Melo recruiting process:

Who among us doubts that J. Bruce Miller’s article in the Courier-Journal berating the University of Louisville was not shown to Fab Melo by the other schools recruiting him? The CJ’s link no longer works but part of his article is quoted in my original reaction, which includes some followup from Miller.

Who doubts hat the article has been translated into at least four different languages by now?

Or who believes that under no circumstances would a Melo ever see all the followup letters poking holes in Miller’s assertions?

Not saying Miller diatribe was the final deciding factor, but it was not helpful either.

Thanks again, Bruce.

Golf With Wiley Brown, Scooter McCray

Dust off the clubs, and play with two University of Louisville basketball greats.

Wiley Brown and Scooter McCray invite U of L fans to join them for golf in a fundraising effort for Indiana University-Southeast athletics. Wiley and Scooter are coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the IUS basketball team.

You can challenge them in two events: Monday, Aug. 31st at the Jefferson Elks Lodge and/or Monday, Sept. 14th at the Glen Oaks Country Club. A $125 entry fee includes includes golf, lunch,range balls, door prizes and a hole-in-one prize of a new car from Sam Swope. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, with golf starting at 1 p.m.

Go ahead. Call Wiley at (812) 941-2515 or e-mail him at brown434@ius.edu.

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Angel At Work — The Atlanta Dream has evened its record in the WNBA at 10-10 with three wins in a row, with a lot of help from Angel McCoughtry. After averaging 8.8 points through her first 17 games, Angel has managed 17.7 points on 54.2 percent shooting in her past three appearances.

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Last Fab Melo Item — Fab Melo’s coach discusses the recruitment of his star pupil in this audio link. Did his visit during Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at the Carrier Dome play a role? A reminder of the impressionability and unpredictability of teenagers in making decisions. Biden is a Syracuse grad.

Not A Nice Day For Louisville Fans

Awakened by the rumble of heavy thunder, lightning and six to seven inches of rain in one hour, University of Louisville basketball fans should have known right away Tuesday was not going to be a good day.

The ensuing flooding would engulf large portions of Belknap Campus, with water reaching up to two overpasses, wiping out hundreds of vehicles, destroying untold numbers of computers and books at the main library, engulfing hundreds of basements, and forcing the shutdown of a local hospital for several weeks.

Meanwhile, the storm would also force postponement of big news for the new downtown arena (still unknown) while inconveniencing thousands of Louisvillians. To add insult to injury, Fab Melo would take his sweet time making his announcement, disappointing U of L fans in the end.

Not a good day for Louisville fans. A great one for Syracuse.

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Ironic that Fab Melo would sign on at a university that is building a new basketball practice facility called the Melo Center. Who could resist playing in a building that bears one’s last name?

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The observer knows Syracuse is a fine university with a great basketball program. That doesn’t make it any easier to lose a recruiting battle. Excuse one for not being happy for people clad in Orange.

Fab Melo Goes With Syracuse

Fab Melo has chosen Syracuse University over the University of Louisville as his choice for college basketball.

Had to be a difficult decision, passing on an opportunity to learn from Rick Pitino, to perform in front of some of the game’s most knowledgeable fans, and to help inaugurate the best college basketball facility in the country when the new 22,000-seat facility opens during the 2010 season.

For Syracuse.

Louisville fans wish him well.

Wherefore Fab Melo?

Does it bother anyone else that, with some recent recruiting trends, that Syracuse has a contract with Nike shoes and Louisville is an Adidas school?

Fab Melo allegedly making his choice between the University of Louisville and Syracuse University today on where he will play his college basketball.

The brand of shoes should be the least possible factor but, until Adidas decides to compete seriously, it is apparently a huge consideration for some teens, especially with Nike’s financial ties with some National Basketball Association players.

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Parts of the U of L campus flooded with six to seven inches of rain, viaducts flooded, campus closed. One question is whether Jerry Smith made to the basketball practice facility or not.

He tells teammate Peyton Siva in one Twitter message:  “Stuck in the gym 8 inches of rain.. streets flooded.. what better place than stuck in the gym –> n I’m stuck n my room SMH!”

But in the next tweet, he says: “Hey gotta do something bout this flood water. I gotta get n the gym asap… Don’t think swimmin n rain water worth it tho. Or is it? Lol.”

His heart’s in the right place, wherever he is.