While USC’s backcourt rotation currently has a solid combination of youth and experience, with Julian Jacobs and Katin Reinhardt (juniors) being the lone scholarship upperclassmen, there was room for an addition that could help the Trojans defensively. Wednesday afternoon Andy Enfield and his staff received a verbal commitment from a player well-equipped to help out in that regard in the form of 6-foot-3 guard De’Anthony Melton.
Melton, a southern California native who attends Crespi High School, announced the news via his Twitter account. Melton helped lead Crespi to the CIF Division IV state title this past spring.
Melton is USC’s second commitment in the Class of 2016, joining power forward Harrison Henderson. It also in all likelihood takes them out of the running for guard Te’Jon Lucas, who will announce his college choice Wednesday evening.
As mentioned above USC won’t lack for perimeter depth when Melton arrives on campus next year. Jacobs and Reinhardt will both be seniors at that time, with Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart being juniors and Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron a redshirt sophomore.