Thursday, March 4, 2010

Goodbye, Cleveland

Cleveland Melvin, the 6-foot-8, "freakishly athletic" Class of 2010 forward out of Notre Dame Prep, has backed out of his committment to attend UConn.

"It's very mutual," said Notre Dame coach Ryan Hurd. "There was open dialogue over the last few days. Cleve expressed his interest to be a wing player, and Coach Calhoun and Coach Sellers expressed interest in him being an interior player over the next four years. Cleve thinks his chance to play at a higher level was playing the wing.

"It's totally amicable."

Melvin, a Baltimore native, had verbally committed to the Huskies in November. According to Hurd, Melvin has already heard from many of the same suitors he had before committing to UConn: South Florida, Seton Hall, Miami, Marquette, Oklahoma State, TCU.

"Cleve has a ton of respect for the guys at UConn," Hurd added. "Probably even more now that they realized it wasn't the right fit. How much courage does it take to say to Coach Calhoun, 'UConn's a great basketball program, but I'm looking for something different.' That's a bold statement on his part."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the recruiters on this team have to realize Uconn cant afford to take on anymore projects. We need guys to come in and score right from day 1. look at Uconn this year. We have 7 guys on the bench that cant give our starters much help. Alex O, Chuck, and Ater are all so raw. smith and trice forget about it. JCM needs some confidence and mandeldove is mandeldove. Wonder if this played into the decision

March 5, 2010 at 8:12 AM 
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March 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM 
Anonymous Shamps said...

Hey Dave, any update on Brandon Knight? I read recently he is close to a decision. I have a gut feeling he is going to Kentucky to try and be next in a line of PGs under Calipari. Hope I'm wrong!

March 5, 2010 at 10:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope your wrong too but UConn needs one of those top PG's not necessarily Knight.....Joseph and Shelby would be solid signings too.....All are top 10 recruits and the 1, 2, 3 best PG's this year

Any news on any of the 3?

March 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*meant Selby not Shelby

March 6, 2010 at 5:51 PM 
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