Fab Melo has passed away
Horrible news in the basketball world today as we’ve learned the Fab Melo passed away earlier today.
Melo died in his sleep and was found by his mother.
He was 26-years-old.
“We don’t know the cause yet,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN. “It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day.”
Fabricio “Fab” Paulino de Melo was back home playing for Brasília, a Brazilian basketball team which plays in Novo Basquete Brasil.
Melo played two seasons for Jim Beoheim at Syracuse, where he was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, before entering the 2012 NBA Draft and becoming the twenty-second pick in the first round by the Boston Celtics.
He played just six NBA games for Boston during the 2012-2013 year, spending most of the season with the Celtics D-League affiliate the Maine Red Claws.
In 2014, Melo spent the entire season with the Texas Legends of the NBADL.
In August of 2014, Melo signed with Brazilian team Club Athletico Paulistano of the NBB, but never played in a game for the team. After that, he signed to play in Puerto Rico with Caciques de Humacao of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional, but again left before ever playing a game.
In 2015, Melo signed with Liga Sorocabana de Basquete of the NBB and finally saw game action.
“He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing, a 10-page paper,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player, and was a nice kid.”