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Former Syracuse center Fab Melo tallies 14 blocks Saturday for D-League’s Maine Red Claws

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Fab Melo’s college team might have been upset by unranked Temple Saturday, but he had himself a game in the NBA D-League when he tallied 15 points, 16 rebounds, and an astounding 14 blocks in a loss to the Erie BayHawks. The blocks total set a league record.

Melo decided to forgo his final two years of school and was drafted 22nd overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2012 draft. He was then sent down to the D-League, which has become more often utilized by NBA clubs in recent years. As you can see in highlights located here, it looks like Melo is beginning to develop more of an offensive game around the basket, with a solid assortment of post moves.

No. 3 Syracuse could have used Melo’s services on Saturday when they lost to a physical and scrappy Temple team at Madison Square Garden. Temple forward Anthony Lee had six offensive rebounds and an inside presence like Melo’s could have helped the cause.

Melo returns to the floor in the D-League on Wednesday against the Idaho Stampede, while Syracuse waits for Alcorn State on Dec. 29.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.