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Syracuse hoop players Scoop Jardine, Fab Melo contribute at World University Games: Fan reaction
On Monday, the U.S. team beat South Korea, 112-68 at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Syracuse University's point guard Scoop Jardine had a number of contributions in the game as the second-leading scorer with 16 points (7-for-10 shooting from the field with two 3-pointers). He also had three assists and one turnover.
In the team's exhibition game in the series against China, Jardine had a team-leading seven assists on Aug. 11.
The U.S. team is now 3-0 in the group play at the Games and will play again on Wednesday against Finland.
Jardine, entering his final year of play at Syracuse, has had a great summer. After losing some weight with teammate Brandon Triche and playing with the King of King's Men's League and at LeBron James' Skills basketball camp, Jardine should be poised for a breakout season. I had previously written that being a member of this team was good for a number of reasons and I think with his continued success this summer, Jardine will finally emerge as the leader he needs and can be for the team.
Also participating in the Games is Syracuse's sophomore center Fab Melo. He is playing for his home country team, Brazil. They are also undefeated with a 3-0 record. Melo's performance has been less impressive than Jardine's but in Sunday's win against the United Arab Emirates, he scored eight points, had four rebounds and one block in his 15 minutes of play.
On Monday, Aug. 15 when Brazil beat China 97-70, Melo added five points, five rebounds and two blocked shots on 12 minutes of play.
I am still not sold on Melo. He showed flashes of potential last season but many times he looked lost on the court and seemed very green. He's suffered some offseason troubles this year and I'm curious whether he'll enter the season in or out of Coach Jim Boeheim's doghouse. I have to hope his commitment to play and success this summer with his home team will gave him some additional experience, an opportunity to get in shape and some new maturity.
Three generations of my family attended Syracuse. I had no choice but to become a Syracuse basketball fan.
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