Big East Refs & Fab Melo
First off the refs in the Big East and especially Jim Burr's crew are down right horrible. The amount of bad calls is ridiculous. Tonight's SU UL game shouldnt even count as a real game there were terrible calls both ways with Syracuse getting 1 million touch fouls.
On a different note. Many laugh at me when I say Fab is as effective a defender as Anthony Davis (By the way anybody who says Fab isnt athletic and watched the Lousiville game- Ron Brown yourself), but I offer you this.
this is your 4th straight post you've done on Fab Melo and every single one im the first one to comment and you already have +1 ... hmmmm
If I didnt like it I wouldnt have posted it. Feed the Beast
I wanted to see Fab and Dieng go at it head to head. I like to evaluate guys, while at the same time comparing them to another pro prospect. Both project as the same type of player in the NBA, but I think Fab has more pro potential after seeing them head to head.
Fab is a more fluid athlete and runs the floor better, while Dieng is effective but moves a little erratically. That's not a big knock, because he moves like Mutombo and he was one of the best defensive centers of his generation. Dieng also has a good free throw shot which is always a plus for a big man.
I think Fab could go as high as 20 if he came out this year while Dieng would most likely be a 2nd rounder. Another top NCAA shot blocker I'm watching right now is Jeff Withey. Danny Manning is a miracle worker as a coach. Jeff Withey is twice the player he was even 3 months ago, I think he could be an early 2nd round pick if he were to come out this season, I know this site isn't that high on him, but if he comes back I think he could be a late 1st round pick. With his shooting touch, defense, athletic ability and another off season of weight training and working with Manning...12-14 ppg 7-9 rpg 4 bpg...I'm dead serious...and we're still talking about Jeff Withey.
yeah i was gonna say joe.. let's revisit that Jeff Withey Pro or No forum. cuz I commented saying pro and got some slack for it.
I see Fab going higher than 20th with his size athleticism and improved coordination. Thabeet went 2nd overall and Fab is already leaps and bounds ahead of him offensively, and has even recently flashed a jumper out to 18 feet along with improved ft shooting in the 62-63% range. I understand his limitations but think his positives and his ferocious mindset will tantalize a lot of teams.
These two guys are notorious for blowing calls. I'm an honored member of the facebook group, "Tim Higgins Retirement Fund." (Remember Higgins blew a few calls down the stretch in Big East tournament play between St. Johns and Rutgers. He voluntarily stepped down from the tournament, but the Big East still kept him around.)
But this game was ridiculous. Their were a ton of fouls when Cuse would get the ball down low and get hacked but no calls. The first three fouls were by Peyton Silva, a guard. Normally when a guard gets the first three fouls, I think its safe to say there were a few missed calls, especially since Silva didn't get those fouls early (2nd and 3rd were both at 6 minute mark.)
But it wasn't just a few calls, they would let players of both teams jump over the back, and shove as much as they want, but a little tap and there would be a foul. Not to mention a few missed goaltends. Big East refs set the bar lower every time they officiate a game.
And one last note, Syracuses' only loss came without Fab Melo. You could put an * next to it for Melo's absence, but more importantly Higgins was the official. I just can't stand Tim Higgins.
Fab is still very raw. Just look at his improvment from last year to this year. I think he should stay another year continue workin on his conditioning and his mid range jump shot and I could see him getting into the lottery next year. This kid has a bright future in the NBA and he seems to work hard on his game