Chimezie Metu 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 225 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE TEENS TO MID 20’S
PLAYER SUMMARY: Since USC plays on the west coast, the whole east coast doesn’t get a chance to watch the Trojans play on a consistent basis. The Trojans were a pre-season top 25 team and have a 5-3 record through their first 8 games. The east coast is missing out on seeing a player who we really like as a player. Chimezie Metu is a very bouncy and athletic big-man who is playing like an all PAC-12 performer. The Lawndale, California native was a highly touted recruit in the class of 2015. He has lived up to that billing this season. On the year he has averages of 16.1pts and 8.5reb per game (through 8 games)
Metu is all over the court while playing. An extremely active player, the junior plays with a high motor. The 6’11” jumping jack causes havoc on the defensive end. We believe that his defense will be his calling card at the NBA level. He has the lateral quickness to defend smaller players and shows outstanding timing when blocking shots. Shot-blocking is a skill that usually translates to the next level. His defensive versatility has surely gotten the attention of NBA scouts. Versatile defenders that are 6’11” and athletic are a valuable commodity to an NBA rotation. We project him to be a good rim protector in the NBA, although he will need to gain another 15-20 pounds without losing any athleticism, which is one of his best traits as a player.
Metu has come along nicely on the offensive end. Raw coming out of high school, we have seen improvement in many areas. He might be at his best while moving without the ball. The Trojan thrives in the transition game as opposing defenders can’t keep up with his speed down the court. He sports a nice little right handed hook shot and a quick spin move in the paint. The PF/C shows potential with a mid-range jump-shot, although it is inconsistent.
It would benefit him in the long run to have a consistent mid-range jumper. This would open up the floor for him to score off the dribble, which he has shown he can do at times. The big-man is highly active and efficient when around the basket. He has quick twitch muscles, which allows him to spring off the floor. Many of his point come off missed shots and put-backs.
Improving his foul shooting, mid-range jumper, and adding weight are 3 areas we believe Metu needs to improve in before NBA Draft individual workouts. Metu is still a raw player overall but you can see the upside when he plays. His best playing days are ahead of him, in our opinion. We project him to be a defensive first player with the ability to guard multiple positions. If his offensive game comes along in the next few months he will be a 2018 NBA Draft first round pick. Metu can be a valuable part of an NBA rotation who will bring defense, athleticism, and a very high motor to the floor. All 30 NBA teams can use a player like that.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF CHIMEZIE METU
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