California guard Melton picks up first offer

De'Anthony Melton is one of the west's top defenders in 2016 and in the last week picked up an offer from a Pac-12 program.

A successful spring on the AAU circuit for California Supreme resulted in offer number one for 6-foot-4, 180-pound Encino (Calif.) Crespi shooting guard De'Anthony Melton.

The 2016 prospect is a long two-guard who is one of the west's top perimeter defenders in the class. More than just a defender, Melton has outstanding vision and is an unselfish kid who makes his teammates better. He's most efficient as a scorer around the basket.

Even though he's not just a defender, that's definitely a side of the game that Melton takes seriously.

"It’s fun to push myself and show how good of a defender I am," Melton said. "I take a lot of pride in that, especially coming from my high school, where all we do is preach defense.

"I like to attack the basket and score on offensive rebounds. I can get to the basket and get fouls."

Melton holds interest from San Diego State, Rice and San Diego, with USC recently offering him his first scholarship.

"I was really surprised but they told me they’re going to recruit me really hard," Melton said. "I like how they play hard and they have a lot of people from the valley. I like the way they play.

"They think I would play point guard. Jason Hart played point guard in the NBA and he told me he would help me develop there."

Melton's handle will have to improve to play more on the ball, but he's more than happy to play either guard spot.

"I like both guard positions; it doesn’t matter," he said.

Melton is willing to leave town for college, but does have hopes for what his future school has to offer.

"I have family in a lot of places so (location) doesn’t matter," Melton said. "I want to go to a nice place. I don’t want to just stay on campus all day; I want to roam around the city. I want a nice campus."


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