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Chimezie Metu NBA Draft Breakdown

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Age: 21

Position: Big

College: USC

 

Measurables

Height w/ Shoes: 6’9.5”

Height w/o Shoes: 6’8.5”

Weight: 220

Wingspan: 7’0.5”

Standing Reach: 9’0”

Max Vertical: 36.0”

 

College Statistics (2017/2018)

MPG: 31.0

PPG: 15.7

RPG: 7.4

ASTPG: 1.6

BLKPG:  1.7

FT%: 73%

2-PT FG%: 52.3%

3-PT FG%: 30%

 

Looks Like: Raw Paul Millsap, Georges Niang

 

3 Things to Know

  1. Athletic big with lots of room to improve on both sides of the ball
  2. Shown good touch and midrange ability
  3. Is he ready to be a professional? How mature is he?

Strengths

  • Athletic with a lot of bounce and energy
  • Can finish with both hands
  • Good touch
  • Big time threat out of the pick and roll
  • Good mid range game with improving set from 3
  • Good defensive instincts guarding the paint

 

Weaknesses

  • Improvements in his defensive rotations
  • Needs to improve box outs and rebounding
  • Improving his offensive skill set
  • Attitude and personality issues

 

Summary

Chimezie Metu’s game has a lot of raw potentials, which makes it easy to see why he’s considered a prospect in this year’s draft. Out of high school, Metu was ranked 40th in the ESPN top 100 rankings for the class of 2015. Metu chose to attend the University of Southern California, playing under Andy Enfield for three seasons until entering the NBA Draft. Metu has shown steady improvement in his offensive game over the course of his time at USC. He’s shown a good ability to finish with both hands at the rim as well as nice touch on his jump hooks. He became USC’s best offensive threat this season, especially out of the pick and roll. He showcased his hands by catching tough passes and finishing at the rim as well as the ability to pop back and knock down a mid-range shot. He could stand to become more of a threat from outside the arch in today’s ever-evolving game as he went 12-40 on three-point attempts this past season. Improving his defensive awareness and rotations will be key to his development as he’s sometimes a bit late with his help. While he pulled down an average of 7.4 rebounds per game last season, he’ll need to improve his box out technique in the NBA if he wants to compete against even bigger and stronger players. Finally, his motor and intensity might be his most intriguing skill as it allows him to constantly play with passion and intensity by swapping the ball out of the gym or throwing down thunderous dunks. However, Metu had one publicized issue back in January where he intentionally hit a Washington State player in the groin, causing him to immediately be ejected from the game. He was then suspended and stripped of his captaincy. This incident highlights the question about whether Metu’s mature enough and ready for the NBA or will become a sideshow and distraction for any team that picks him.

Look for Metu to be selected from anywhere in the late first round to the middle of the second round Thursday night.

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