De’Anthony Melton didn’t play for USC last season, forced to sit out after being implicated in an FBI bribery investigation. That year off may have hurt his draft stock, but there’s a silver lining: he gets to play with The Beard and be part of a legitimate NBA championship contender.
Melton was taken No. 46 overall by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday in Brooklyn, the first USC player taken since Nikola Vucevic went in the first round in 2011.
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The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for USC as a freshman in 2016-17, helping the Trojans reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was expected to be a key part of the 2017-18 USC squad, which finished second in the Pac-12 but was shut out of the NCAA tourney.
USC ended up having 2 players drafted on Thursday. Junior forward Chimezie Metu went No. 49 to the San Antonio Spurs.