USC had some quality prospects going into this year's NBA Draft, and when the dust settled, two players were taken -- sophomore point guard De'Anthony Melton at pick 46 to the Rockets, and junior power forward Chimezie Metu at pick 49 to the Spurs.
Metu helped the Trojans to 23 wins and a second place finish in the Pac-12. The team outperformed expectations and just missed a berth in the NCAA tournament.
Melton sat out this season due to an investigation into bribery allegations, which almost certainly dropped his draft stock.
Metu put up an average of 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Metu has shown that he's willing to work hard and improve, and was the top offensive option for the Trojans this past season. His jumper is sound and should only get better with NBA training. Metu also brings solid free throw shooting to the table, which shows that he won't be a liability as a big man.
His defense is another strong point, but he'll likely need to add some muscle to consistently guard NBA bigs night in and night out. However, his size is something that will prove an asset as he continuously puts it all together. He's an athletic 6'11, 225.
Melton is a speedy, athletic guard that can create his own shot and defend soundly. His jumper isn't great, and he should get his start in the league as a solid rotation guy.
As pieces move and shake out, it'll be interesting to see what happens when their careers. Melton will learn a lot playing behind Chris Paul and with James Harden. Metu will learn under some of the best coaches in the world, in a system and culture that knows how to win. It remains to be seen if he'll be playing alongside Kawhi Leonard, or if the reports about him wanting out of San Antonio will come to fruition.