Melo Part Deux: The Huge Impact Fab Melo Has on Syracuse Basketball

German NietoContributor IAugust 16, 2009

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Fab Melo #51 of the Syracuse Orange drives to the basket against the St. John's Red Storm during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament presented by American Eagle Outfitters  at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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It's Official.

Syracuse fans, break out all your old Melo gear and goofy signs you made, you have a new Melo to cheer on. No, not someone related to Carmelo Anthony but someone that bears the same name, well, sort of.   

Fabricio De Melo who goes by Fab Melo for short, is a 7-foot 267-pound center who is listed as the overall No. 5 prospect of the class of 2010 on both and

The Brazilian junior who attends Sagemont High School had received many offers from several top D-I schools, but shortened his list to Syracuse, Louisville, Miami, and Florida before making his final decision.

With the addition of Fab Melo to an already strong 2010 recruiting class for Syracuse, Orange fans should be excited for the impact Fab Melo can have,...which is more than possibly winning a championship.

There are those who have said that they've grown tired of having Jim Boeheim as head coach and that his job security was a bit shaky.

Not acquiring enough five-star recruits during recent years, not appearing in the "Big Dance" since 2006 (before this year), and winning only one championship in his coaching career, led many to ask the question if it was time for Boeheim to let go of the reins.

But now with the addition of Fab Melo, those critics can be silenced, and Jimmy B can sleep peacefully at night.  

The "New Melo" will be the last 7-footer to play at Syracuse since Craig Forth (who?) and coincidentally the last overall top-5 recruit since Carmelo Anthony.

He has the chance to be a dominating big man for Syracuse, something that the Orange has been lacking since the departure of Hakim Warrick, and you know how the old saying goes: "big men win championships."

In my opinion, there's no doubt that Fab Melo can be that "big man" and that he'll be one of the most dominating centers in the Big East, if not in the nation, and hopefully his presence can assist other big name recruits Syracuse is targeting to remove doubt and commit.

Having the insurance of knowing as a recruit that you'll be playing with a dominating center in the toughest conference in College Basketball (in my opinion), eases the thought of committing to a school.

With the recent recruitment of Fab Melo, he's silently impacted Jim Boehiem's job security, potentially increased Syracuse's recruiting possibility, and boosted up the Orange's chance at a NCAA Championship.   

I for one can't wait to cheer him on in the Dome, and see how the newly constructed Melo Center advertises Fab, but in the mean time all the Orange faithful can do is hope that this Melo creates the same magic the last one did in 2003.

Go Orange.