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Chimezie Metu

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Name: Chimezie Metu

School: USC

Season: Sophomore

ESPN High School Ranking: 40 (2015)

Birthdate: March 22, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California


- Parents Florence and James Metu

High School: Lawndale High School


- 2014-15 John R. Wooden CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year

Twitter: Chimezie_Metu

Instagram: Chimezie_Metu4

Height: 6'11

Weight: 225

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Nickname is Chim

- Wears No. 4 after Wesley Johnson at Syracuse

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 6.4 PPG

- 3.6 RPG

- 0.5 APG

- 1.6 BPG

- 0.6 SPG

- 52% FG

- 51% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: Through 9 games

- 12.3 PPG

- 8 RPG

- 0.9 APG

- 2 BPG

- 1.2 SPG

- 51% FG

- 75% FT


- 7th in blocks per game and block percentage in the Pac-12 in 2016-17

Position: C

Greatest Strength: Rim protection + Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Perimeter Shooting

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 8

Speed: 8

Strength: 7

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 6

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: N/A

Jumpshot: 5

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 6

Handle: 6

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 8

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 7 (9 potential)

Steals: 7

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- I have never seen a big Metu's size capable of catching bounce passes like this

- He will be a nightmare offensively as a roller

- Defensively, he has the footwork to show and recover to block shots

- Should become an elite pick and roll player on both ends in the NBA

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Good hops

- Long and very athletic

- Good hands and touch for his size

- Great runner

- Appears to have some guard skills, was probably a late bloomer

- Nice touch - very good FT shooter for his size - has a natural stroke

- Very rare ability to catch bounce passes at his height

Game Analysis: 

- vs. BYU

- #12 Eric Mika

- #40 Jamal Aytes

- #21 Kyle Davis

- #23 Yoeli Childs

- #15 Payton Dastrup

- Pick and roll at right 45, Mika slow on rotation, tries to dunk over help defender, missed but got own rebound for putback with left - good hops

- Great high low feed over the top for a layup - impressive touch on the feed

- Creates offensive rebound opportunity by banking miss off glass, gathers and tries to dunk - misses, but he wants to posterize everyone

- Good boxout

- Catches on right block, squares up, double comes and he turns over bad pass in the lane

- Fakes running back into lane on D but stops on perimeter and steals pass, runs floor in transition but misses alley-oop - has missed 3 dunks already - appears to have good hands must be nervous playing at Staples Center

- Catch and shoot deep 2 at left 45 - misses

- Pick to short corner, pop to right block - misses floater

- Nice show on baseline drive strong-side, then recovers to block Mika on the layup attempt

- Runs lane, fouled on the catch at FT line

- Nice blocked shot on Kyle Davis - allowed catch too deep but blocked his floater attempt as he tried to draw contact

- Strips Mika on power dribble in the lane - good hands

- Fouls trying to block Childs after he got offensive rebound - reached 

- Catch left of net and dunk after teammate drew help - quick ups

- Good help on Emery drive to force floater high then got defensive rebound - has the potential to change a lot of shots

- Strips Mika on right post 

- FT line pick and roll, good hands to catch the bounce pass and goes up strong into help defender, called a block, misses right layup - FTs 2/2 - smooth stroke

- Another good shot contest - gets up high

- Catches deep on left block, one dribble post up, Emery reached as he went up, fouled - FTs 2/2

- Sets ball screen at right 45, rolls quickly, receives bounce pass, one dribble and slams it home with 2 hands

NBA Comparison: DeAndre Jordan

Current Ability: 6

Projection as an NBA Player: 7.5-8

Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Round

Opinion: Metu has the body, size, athleticism and timing to be a starting NBA C. A team will have to improve his post up skills and probably beef him up, but he has every intangible you could want. I think he is 1st Round talent.