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De’Anthony Melton

USC
  • (George Walker – DFWSportsonline)
  • Born: 5/28/98 
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Wingspan: 6’8″
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • High School: Crespi Carmelite High School (California)

Strengths

  • Solid size at 6-foot-3 and length (6-foot-8 wingspan) with an established frame for a combo-guard. Plays bigger than his size from a physicality standpoint.
  • Lacks dynamic explosiveness and burst, but is a tremendously functional athlete that is captured by his versatile abilities (rebounding, shot-blocking etc).
  • Doesn’t have to gather before elevating: can finish above the rim off one foot with a head of steam and has long strides plus a comfortable left hand inside.
  • Fast in transition and displays good pace and awareness as a passer in the open court.
  • Has the court vision and enough handle to operate in pick-and-roll with solid pace as a secondary creator. Excels making skip passes.
  • Possesses workable shooting mechanics off the catch with fairly fast release and usually catches on the hop.
  • Active and high motor on-ball defender who consistently pressures the ball at the point of attack with active hands and mirrors both passing lanes and shot contests with his arms out or up.
  • Has quick feet and wins with competitiveness to recover and challenge even when he gets beat on-ball.
  • Very instinctive and smart off ball defender. Regularly makes rotations and tags the role man as a help defender.
  • Elite off-ball anticipation to create events both in the passing lanes as a playmaker and on crash-down high-effort blocks.
  • Elite rebounder for a guard who is a ball magnet and exerts high effort attacking the ball at its peak outside of his area.

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t profile as a plus shooter yet and doesn’t have ideal mechanics with his elbow flaring out, despite having decent foundational mechanics and touch. Also not a pull-up threat at this stage.
  • Lacks dynamic burst and elevation off one in traffic.
  • Handle is too loose as he dribbles high too often.

Bottom Line

Melton, similar to Bridges, projects as a high level role-player in the NBA as a two-way combo guard with high-level functional athleticism, elite defensive instincts and who can also play make for others offensively. As with most players, shooting development is crucial for Melton. If he develops a workable spot up 3 he profiles as a potentially excellent two-way secondary creator at the next level as someone who contributes to winning basketball and who is ideally paired with a wing primary creator.

— Cole Zwicker, 11.1.17

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