About Chimezie Metu
Chimezie Metu is an athletic big man with great explosiveness and some budding ability in a variety of areas on both ends. A consensus top-40 prospect in the high school class of 2015, Metu carved out a rotation role for the Trojans as a true freshman, but came on strong as a sophomore to earn the Pac-12 Most Improved Player award and All-Pac-12 Second Team honors. Scores at a strong rate around the basket flashing the ability to create his own offense going one-on-one in the post and on the perimeter against less gifted big men. Adds some value as a rim protector. Averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game as a junior to help Andy Enfield’s program to an NIT appearance while showing some development as a floor spacer and earning All-Pac-12 First Team honors before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft.
- Measured 6’9.5 in shoes with an average 7’0.5 wingspan and a lean 220-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has solid size for a frontcourt player, but lacks elite length. Compensates to some degree with impressive mobility and leaping ability for his size.
- Played a significant role for the Trojans finishing as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. Did his best work as a rim runner and lob catcher. Frequently tasked with creating quite a bit of offense from the mid-post.
- Has some promise defensively with his ability to cover ground impressively for a big man even if he is a bit green guarding on the perimeter at this stage. Blocks an occasional shot with his impressive leaping ability, but lack of length limits his ability to protect the rim prolifically. Allowed 0.825 points per Post Up possession[50th percentile]. Still learning how to be physical inside and on the glass. Discipline is a work in progress as well when facing fakes. Chimezie Metu was a first team all-Pac 12 and honorable mention all-Pac 12 defensive team choice who declared for the Draft after not playing during the Trojans' NIT run to avoid injury.