De’Anthony Melton formally won’t play for USC this season.
The varsity introduced Thursday the guard does have a chance to return again and play for the Trojans in 2018-19.
Melton was one participant talked about in the FBI probe into school basketball, which revealed a pay-for-play scandal the place faculties would funnel cash by shoe corporations to a participant in change for his or her dedication.
“Based mostly on data found by its inside investigation concerning the receipt of additional advantages, primarily to an in depth household pal of De’Anthony Melton, USC has concluded that De’Anthony won’t compete with the USC males’s basketball crew within the 2017-18 season,” the assertion learn.
Melton, a sophomore, averaged eight.three factors, four.7 rebounds and three.5 assists as a freshman final season.
“De’Anthony is a valued member of our program,” the assertion learn. “He could have choices for his future at USC, together with remaining at school on scholarship whereas persevering with to work on his diploma and working towards with the crew, and doubtlessly compete for the Trojans within the 2018-19 season.”
Melton joins former Louisville dedication Brian Bowen as gamers talked about within the investigation who won’t play this season.