De’Anthony Melton is leaving the USC basketball program.
On Wednesday, the sophomore shooting guard, who was involved in the FBI’s college basketball recruiting corruption investigation, announced that he will be withdrawing from the university to pursue his professional career.
“I have reached a crossroads wherein I have decided to focus on honing my strengths and improving upon my weakness for competition at the next level,” Melton said in a statement. “I would like to thank the university staff, especially that of the men’s basketball program, for their guidance and dedication. I would also like to thank my fellow teammates for their unwavering support.”
Melton did not appear in any games this season.
During his freshman campaign, Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals.
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— De’Anthony Melton (@DeAnthonyMelton) February 21, 2018
Melton is currently projected as a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.