Southern California guard De'Anthony Melton announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the program and preparing himself for the next level of competition.

Melton, a sophomore, was ensnared in the FBI's investigation into corruption and bribery and was held out of competition this season.

"After much thought and consideration, we, as a family, have made the difficult decision for me to withdraw from the school," Melton announced on Twitter. "It has truly been an honor to be a member of the Trojan family for the past two years. In my time spent at USC, I've grown as an individual and fostered meaningful relationships with both students and staff members. Being a member of the men's basketball program has given me the opportunity to develop my skill set at a world-class institution with access to top-level resources. However, I have reached a crossroads wherein I have decided to focus on honing my strengths and improving upon my weakness for competition at the next level."

USC announced in January that Melton had been suspended for the remainder of the season after an investigation determined a close family friend of his received an extra benefit.

As a freshman last season, Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals. He is a projected late first-round NBA Draft pick in the latest mock draft by CBS Sports' Gary Parrish.