With the loss of senior post players - forward Justin Greene and center Justin Manns - Kent State men's basketball coach Rob Senderoff's main goal this off season has been to land a much-needed big.
Consider it mission accomplished.
Thursday the Golden Flashes landed former Wake Forest forward Melvin Tabb, who turned down offers from perhaps more nationally-known hoops schools such as Seton Hall and James Madison.
No doubt a big reason the 6-foot-8, 245-pounder from Texas' Midland College choose Kent State was for the ability to walk right in to a starting position for next season.
However, the Tabb signing is a bit of a gamble for the Flashes. Tabb is not unlike some of the other "high-risk" players who've come before him to KSU looking for a second chance.
Tabb, a native of Raleigh, N.C., was dismissed from the Demon Deacons squad in February 2011 for "conduct detrimental to the team." He later plead guilty to stealing a classmate's IPod and attempting to pawn it.
As a freshman at Wake Forest, Tabb averaged 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in less than nine minutes per game. He saw action in just 14 games, missing four games at the end of the fall semester for academic reasons.