Melton was born in 1998 in North Hollywood, California and is one of six children. He led his high school, Crespi, in Encino, California, to back-to-back state titles in 2015 and 2016. Melton left as the team's all-time leading scorer. He was named CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year as a senior in 2016, averaging 20.0 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. Some of Melton's hobbies include biking and playing the piano, and he is interested in becoming a sports analyst after his playing career. Check him out on Instagram (@deanthonymelton). Melton became the first freshman since 2001-02 in NCAA Division I basketball to register at least 300 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists, 60 steals and 35 blocks in a season. He led the 2016-17 USC Trojans in steals with 1.9 per game. As a freshman, he led the Pac-12 in total steals (69) and was second in the conference in steals per game. Melton was also second among Trojans in average rebounds (4.7) and assists (3.5). Melton then declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. The North Hollywood, California native was selected by Rockets in the second round (46th pick overall). He was later traded to the Suns before his rookie season.