Cal State Northridge
Rodrigue Mels is a shooting guard who can really shoot the three-point shot, according to head coach Bobby Braswell ... Injuries slowed his progress last year, and coach Braswell says CSUN fans haven't seen his athletic talents at 100 percent ... Fans probably saw him play at 60 percent last year because of injuries ... Very athletic.
2007-08 Season (Junior)
Collected a season-high 18 points in 20 minutes off the bench against Duquesne (11/30/07) ... Scored 18 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 4-for-5 from 3-point territory) along with five rebounds and three steals at Chicago State (1/22/08) ... Tallied 16 points (4-for-6 from 3-point territory) along with four rebounds, two steals and two assists in 16 minutes off the bench against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07) ... Collected a season-high five steals and three assists at UC Davis (2/9/08).
Named Tournament MVP in leading Midland College (Tx) to the 2007 National Junior College championship ... Helped lead Midland to a 29-9 overall record, including going 7-0 in the post-season (3-0 in the Region V Tournament and 4-0 in the National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas) ... In the junior college championship game, second-ranked Midland defeated top-ranked Chipola (Fla) College, 94-75 ... Mels scored 24 points (6-for-9 from three-point territory),dished out five assists and added two steals ... In the four-game national championship tournament, Midland College outscored its opponents by an average of 23 points per game ... In the first national tournament game against Aiken Tech College (an 81-75 victory), Mels tallied 18 points and five rebounds ... Mels then added 18 points in the second round victory over Semiole State College (Ok), 78-50 ... Mels continued his MVP play with eleven points and three rebounds as Midland College scored a third round tournament 57-34 decision over Coffeyville College (Ks) ... In the championship game against Chipola College (94-75), Chipola was down 46-37 at halftime, but cut the Midland College lead to two points, 62-60, with less than six minutes to play ... But Mels put Midland College back in control (65-60) with a three-pointer, and Midland outscored Chipola, 29-15, the rest of the way to capture the junior college national championship, the second in the history of Midland College basketball ... During the 2006-07 season, led Midland in scoring (14.8 ppg), free throw percentage (.783, 90-for-115), field goal attempts (460), three-point goals (77), three-point attempts (209) and steals (70, 1.8 spg) ... Midland has produced other top guards including former NBA players Spud Webb and Mookie Blaylock ... Obtained his AA Degree from Midland College.
Competed in basketball at Lycee Carnot School.
Born April 15, 1985 ... Mother's name is Laurette Mels ... Has two brothers Jean Jacques (19) and Nidgy (12) ... Listed his favorite NBA team as the Miami Heat and his favorite player as Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs ... The best athlete he has played against is Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs ... Enjoys creole food ... Likes to surf and watch Fresh Prince of Bel Air ... Likes the acting work of Will Smith ... His favorite actress is Halle Berry ... Often meditates to relax ... Would some day like to meet Beyonce ... Would like to switch places for a day with computer genius Bill Gates ... His most embarrassing moment is when he cuts his hair ... Denzel Washington would be the leading actor if they were making a movie about himself ... The title of his autobiography would be "The Titan" ... He says he couldn't go a week without his laptop computer ... Rodrigue says the best thing about being a student-athlete is "always being in shape" ... His favorite website is www.guadeloupe.com ... Rodrigue says he would like to be stranded on a desert island with his family and friends ... Admires his family and friends because they always make him smile ... His brothers are his greatest heroes ... Chose Cal State Northridge because he says it's a great school ... Pan African Studies major.