Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Raleigh's Tabb chooses Wake Forest

Melvin Tabb thought about waiting and making official visits before committing to Wake Forest, but he didn't see the purpose. He knew he wanted to go to Wake Forest.

Tabb, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, committed to the Demon Deacons' basketball team over the weekend while making an unofficial visit to the Winston-Salem campus.

"Wake Forest is close to home and plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference," Tabb said. "Wake Forest is a great school, and Coach [Dino] Gaudio is a great guy and coach. It is a great situation for me."

Tabb has helped Enloe to a 21-1 record and is averaging 15.8 points.

"It has been a crazy year," Tabb said. "We are really playing well. We don't have an excuse for losing to Panther Creek, but we just came out flat and didn't play well. I'd like to think I would turn out differently if we played again."

Tabb considered holding off his commitment until after the season -- "After we win the state championship. Yes, I think we can," he said. But he was ready to end the recruiting process.
"The recruiting is tough," said Tabb, who had known Wake was interested since the summer before his sophomore year. "I was ready to end the pressure and the stress."

Enloe coach Tommy Moore said he had no question that Tabb would be a great addition to Wake Forest.

"Melvin is a tremendous player, and he is going to get a lot better," Moore said. "He is improving every day. He is a good student and a very good player and person."

Tabb is ranked No. 73 on the Scout.com top 100 junior list.

Wake Forest already had commitments from junior guards J.T. Terrell of Burlington Cummings and Tony Chenault of Philadelphia St. John Neumann.

-- A.J. Carr