Thursday, June 20, 2013
Melson gives Zags backcourt scoring
By Reggie Rankin
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is probably smiling today after landing a commitment from shooting guard Silas Melson (Portland, Ore./Jefferson), a three-star guard and the top rising senior in Oregon. Melson picked the Bulldogs over offers from West coast programs Washington and Colorado State, among others. He is the first pledge for Gonzaga in the 2014 class.
Silas Melson is a three-star SG heading to Gonzaga.
Melson, who runs with the ICP Elite AAU squad, is a major sleeper and just missed the cut for the initial ESPN 100 player rankings. He makes his living scoring in a variety of ways and is an extremely competitive player. Those qualities should help him succeed in the Zags lineup once he gets on campus next year.
Gonzaga fans are going to like how the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Melson handles his business on the court. He’s a playmaker in the open floor and finishes well through contact for a guard. He can be a prolific shot-maker in the Zags’ halfcourt offense with his ability to create off the bounce, knock down open 3s coming off screens or via kick outs. Melson makes good decisions with the ball when the defense keys in on him and regularly delivers on-target dimes to open teammates. His decision-making, passing and ability to defend either guard spots allows him to slide over to the point in a pinch.
Back at the Minneapolis EYBL session in May, Melson discussed his potential move to the point.
"I can shoot, score and defend the ball. I am working on making the move to the 1 but need to keep working on my point guard skills," he said.
Melson has the requisite talent, mental toughness and physical tools to challenge for immediate playing time once he arrives in Spokane and Gonzaga fans will grow to love his exciting play.