Melo answering questions about academic problems

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Fab Melo now has a chance to explain what happened at Syracuse.

Melo was ruled academically ineligible for seven games last season, including the NCAA tournament, and now that he's making the rounds on the draft workout list, Melo is trying to answer NBA scouts.

His explanation is simple: Until four years ago, the Brazilian didn't even speak English.

Melo says team officials appear to be "comfortable" with his answers, and that he still expects to be drafted in the first round though not among the first 14 picks.

Melo also says he watched the tourney games in Syracuse, N.Y., something that hurt to see. He was last year's Big East Defensive Player of the Year.