Syracuse’s Fab Melo said the mock drafts he’s looked at have him going anywhere between 15-30 in the first round of next week’s draft.
The Pacers wouldn’t be upset if Melo was still available when they pick at No. 26.
Melo, along with Chris Johnson (Dayton), Jarrod Jones (Ball State), Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State), Miles Plumlee (Duke) and Jonathon Simons (Houston), worked out for the Pacers on Tuesday.
Melo, who had his sophomore season at Syracuse cut short because of academic problems, turned a lot of heads during his workout in front of the Pacers front office and coaching staff.
“He was off the charts,” one person who watched him said.
Melo averaged 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks last season at Syracuse.
The center’s defensive game is definitely ahead of his offensive game.
The Pacers wouldn’t be drafting Melo, who spent two seasons with the Orangeman, to be their starting center. Their goal is to re-sign starting center Roy Hibbert to a long-term deal once free agency begins July 1.
That means Melo wouldn’t have the pressure of stepping on the court and contributing right away on offense. He can focus on defending and rebounding.