USC's De'Anthony Melton to miss season amid pay-for-play allegations

De’Anthony Melton officially will not play for USC this season. 

The school announced Thursday the guard does have an opportunity to come back and play for the Trojans in 2018-19.

Melton was one player mentioned in the FBI probe into college basketball, which revealed a pay-for-play scandal where schools would funnel money through shoe companies to a player in exchange for their commitment.

“Based on information discovered through its internal investigation regarding the receipt of extra benefits, primarily to a close family friend of De’Anthony Melton, USC has concluded that De’Anthony will not compete with the USC men’s basketball team in the 2017-18 season,” the statement read.

Melton, a sophomore, averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a freshman last season.

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