Freshmen always want to make a strong first impression. De'Anthony Melton did just that with his all-around game.
The USC combo guard from Encino (Calif.) Crespi Carmelite produced a classic stat-sheet stuffer performance in the Trojans' 75-61 win over Montana in the season opener. He had six points on 3-of-6 shooting and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. He also added two assists, two steals and a monster block pinning a shot against the glass that helped turn the tide with USC struggling early in the game.
His effort is even more impressive considering he is learning a new position, being point guard Jordan McLaughlin's primary backup.
”De'Anthony Melton is very solid," USC head coach Andy Enfield said. "He's learning how to play the point. He's not a true point guard because in high school he played one through five. He just did everything. He's very calm with the basketball. He doesn't get sped up. He reads the defense.
"When you look at his stat line, you'll see he just does everything. For him to be an on and off the ball type of guy, it's very valuable because Jordan [McLaughlin], we need him to score at times."
Watch De'Anthony Melton, above, talk about his first college game and how he feels his skill set fits on the Trojans' roster.
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