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Former Syracuse Orange and Boston Celtics’ center Fabricio “Fab” Melo has passed away. He was found dead at his home in Brazil on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. His cause of death remains unknown, and he was just 26 years young.
Melo played for the Syracuse men’s basketball organization from the 2010-2011 season through the 2011-2012 season before being drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Celtics, where he played in the 2012-2013 season.
Over his 2-year NCAA career, Melo played in 63 games and averaged 17.3 minutes per game, 4.9 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 0.5 assists per game, 1.8 blocks per game, and 0.4 steals per game. His career shooting percentages were 57.6% from the field and 55.3% from the free throw line.
Melo’s career highs in a single NCAA season were 33 games played (2010-2011), an average of 25.4 minutes per game (2011-2012), an average of 7.8 points per game (2011-2012), an average of 5.8 rebounds per game (2011-2012), and average of 0.7 assists per game (2011-2012), an average of 2.9 blocks per game (2011-2012), an average of 0.5 steals per game (2011-2012), a shooting percentage of 60.7% (2010-2011), and a free throw percentage of 63.3% (2011-2012).
In his one season in the NBA, Melo played in 6 games and averaged 6.0 minutes per game, 1.2 points per game, 0.5 rebounds per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 0.3 steals per game. He shot 50.0% from the field and 25.0% from the free throw line.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fab Melo’s friends, family, and fans through these rough times.