De'Anthony Melton Won't Play for USC This Season Amid NCAA Investigation

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  De'Anthony Melton #22 of the USC Trojans cheers on his team from the bench against the Texas A&M Aggies during a college basketball game at Galen Center on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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USC guard De'Anthony Melton will sit out the remainder of the 2017-18 season after being linked to a federal investigation into college basketball bribery. 

Melton's attorney, Vicki I. Podberesky, confirmed the decision to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times.

The sophomore sat out the first 18 games of the season as the school investigated claims a family friend took a kickback in exchange for Melton planning to sign with a certain agent and financial advisor once he reached the NBA.

Agent Christian Dawkins allegedly paid David Elliott $5,000 in exchange for Melton agreeing to sign with him and financial advisor Munish Sood. USC declared Melton ineligible after receiving new information about the case, which has to yet be specified. 

"De'Anthony is a valued member of our program. He will have options for his future at USC, including remaining in school on scholarship while continuing to work on his degree and practicing with the team, and potentially compete for the Trojans in the 2018-19 season," the school said in a statement.

The federal probe into college basketball corruption has already led to 10 arrests, including four college assistant coaches. USC's Tony Bland was among those arrested.

Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during his freshman season. 

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