USC landed one of the most versatile guards and top defensive perimeter players in 2016 on Wednesday, as 6-foot-3, 180-pound Encino (Calif.) Crespi's De'Anthony Melton committed to the Trojans.
Melton, a 2016 prospect, is a terrific passer and slasher whose versatility helps him on offense, but it's his relentless approach to the defensive end and ability to guard multiple positions that really makes the four-star prospect valuable.
The rising senior committed to USC following an official to campus last weekend.
"I chose USC because it's close to home," Melton said. "I have two younger brothers and they won't have to go a long way to come to my games. It will be great family support; I know everyone wants to see me play.
"It's a great school and they have good academics. If for any reason basketball doesn't work out, academics will always be there. The alumni is great there. It's a good school for me and I want to help USC get to an elite level in the Pac-12."
Melton's relationship with the USC coaching staff played a role in his decision.
"I really liked how they're all close," Melton said. "I talk to Jason Hart a lot since he's the one who recruited me. We have a lot of great conversations; he's really funny. I had a great time at the school."
The fact that USC recruited Melton to play point guard also stood out to him.
"They tell me I'll be playing point guard and I can defend almost every position," Melton said. "It will be good for me to learn from Jason; I know he was in the NBA as a point guard. Coach (Andy) Enfield will really help me with shooting and coach (Tony) Bland also has a very good track record."