Metu, McLaughlin & Melton Earn Pac-12 Yearly Honors|
March 6, 2017
USC forward Chimezie Metu was named the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, All-Pac-12 Second Team and All-Academic honorable mention, guard Jordan McLaughlin was named All-Pac-12 honorable mention and guard De’Anthony Melton was named All-Defensive Team honorable mention, announced conference commissioner Larry Scott today (March 6).
Metu is averaging 14.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for the Trojans while starting all 31 games. He more than doubled his freshman scoring and rebounding averages this season ( 6.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 2015-16). The sophomore forward has been a consistent force for the Trojans with double-figures in points and at least six rebounds in 24 of 31 games played. Metu has 49 blocks this season and 103 in his career which ranks eighth on USC’s all-time list. He also has at least one dunk in 28 of USC’s 31 games and leads USC 70 dunks, 11 more than the Trojans’ opponents this season. Metu joins Nikola Vucevic (in 2010) as Trojans to be named the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player.
McLaughlin is averaging 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 31 starts for the 23-8 Trojans. He has also made 42.0 percent of his three- point attempts and leads the team and is second in the conference with 169 assists. Two times this season McLaughlin was selected at the Pac-12 Player of the Week (Dec. 19-25 and Feb. 27-March 5).
Melton has averaged 8.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. His 108 assists are second on the team and rank eighth all-time by a USC freshman. He also ranks third on USC’s all-time freshman steals list with 60 and eighth on the USC’s all-time freshman blocks list with 33. Melton’s 60 steals are third among Pac-12 players and tied for sixth nationally among freshmen. He also ranks eighth among all Pac-12 players with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio.