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.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

6 thoughts on “Wherefore Fab Melo?

  • August 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

    The shoe issue is a pretty sad commentary on college basketball. Nike has to be reigned in with all those bucks they’re shelling out. People who pay attention to what shoes people are wearing need to get lives. Just plain dumb.

  • August 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Shoes have nothing to do with it. adidas has just as much invested in the NBA and with Pro Players as Nike does. Shoes play such a small part in recruiting. U of L lost this kid because the kid believes The Syr. Coach might be a little more down to Earth and was easier to get to know. Although people don’t want to admit it, I say the scandal in the Basketball Dept. at U of L is playing the largest role in U of L losing recruits.

  • August 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Which scandal? An out-of-control person can make accusations and it’s considered a scandal? This unfortunate blip is being managed, and the accuser is paying for her mistake. Should be a lesson for the next person that creates a fiction and the outcome should make life easier for all of us.

  • August 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Syracuse is a much better institution than Louisville….the truth hurts and Boeheim is a better father figure than Pitino…

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