USC’s De’Anthony Melton and Chimezie Metu are set to head to the NBA draft combine in two weeks. The school announced Monday that Melton and Metu had received invitations for the league’s combine, which is held May 16-20 in Chicago. More than 60 players were invited last year to the combine. The list of invitations…
USC’s De’Anthony Melton and Chimezie Metu are set to head to the NBA draft combine in two weeks.
The school announced Monday that Melton and Metu had received invitations for the league’s combine, which is held May 16-20 in Chicago.
More than 60 players were invited last year to the combine. The list of invitations for this year has not yet been made public.
Melton and Metu were among the record 236 players who applied for early entry into the NBA draft in June. Underclassmen with college eligibility left can withdraw up until 10 days before the draft, then return to school if they do not hire an agent. Melton and Metu will remain in the draft.
Both players are projected to be taken in either the first or second round, with Melton, a versatile 6-foot-4 guard, slotted as a late-first round selection according to a handful of early mock drafts. The invites suggest that the players are on teams’ draft boards.
Melton did not play for the Trojans as a sophomore, withheld from games by the university after he was linked to the FBI investigation into college basketball. An internal investigation determined a family friend had also accepted impermissible benefits from an aspiring agent. USC then declared Melton ineligible.
USC’s Chimezie Metu (4) shoots during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Oregon State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 men’s tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
As a junior, Metu lead the team with 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, but USC missed the NCAA tournament after consecutive appearances. The athletic 6-foot-11 forward sat out the National Invitation Tournament in order to avoid injury as he began draft preparations.
The last time a USC player was drafted was Nikola Vucevic, the No. 16 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011. Vucevic was also the last player from the school to attend the combine, which turned out to raise his draft stock. Vucevic measured almost 7 feet while wearing shoes. He had been listed at 6-foot-10 while at USC.
The four-day combine involves medical examinations; testing for height, weight, body fat, wingspan and more; and on-court drills. Some of the players in attendance also participate in a 5-on-5 game portion.