De'Anthony Melton has committed to USC, giving the Trojans one of the top defenders and most versatile guards on the West Coast.
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, landing Melton is definitely good news for the USC coaching staff.
What is USC getting in the four-star prospect?
Any evaluation on Melton has to start with his defense; he's a high level defender and should be able to guard multiple positions at the next level.
He has good lateral quickness and long arms and plays smart on the ball defense but also has very quick hands and impressive instincts, which allow him to come up with multiple steals in the typical outing.
Melton seems to get better every time out and has one of the highest floors on the West Coast due to the fact that he's elite at the high school level at half of the game. He's also an impressive rebounder for his position and is a capable help side shot blocker.
Offensively, Melton is a very good passer and an unselfish player. USC is recruiting him to play point guard and his success as a facilitator will depend on the continued development of his ball skills.
Due to Melton's basketball IQ and vision, should his handle allow him to be a full time point guard at the Pac-12 level, his stock as a player and prospect would receive a significant boost.
He is an improving shooter and driver in the half court although they aren't necessarily strengths of his. He's much better from midrange than three but has improved in both places. There are no serious flaws with his stroke and in time should be a more than adequate shooter.
Considering he's at his best in transition, the more up and down of a system the better Melton is in going to look, so USC's up-tempo offense definitely fits his ideal style of play.
Melton on the very young side of this class and his trajectory is going in the right direction. He is the definition of a winning player and is someone you can expect to carve out a role for himself in the Pac-12.