USC lands player with high ceiling

Upside is the one word that would best describe Chimezie Metu but Scout.com goes in depth evaluating USC's newest commitment. What kind of player is USC getting in Metu?

With the commitment Lawndale (Calif.) power forward Chimezie Metu, USC has landed a post with one of the highest upsides in the 2015 recruiting class.

For Metu, it starts with his physical attributes. He's 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds with long arms and excellent hands and feet. Metu has an ideal frame for a college post and is a terrific athlete who explodes off two feet.

Metu is very quick off his feet and is extremely gifted physically, which helps him finish above the rim, rebound in and outside of his area, block shots and defend smaller or taller players.

Offensively, Metu is most comfortable facing the basket, but his feet and gradual improvement inside suggest that ultimately he should be able to be a post that can score inside, while also able to knock down open jumpers.

Metu actually has a good jump shot, it's just that he tends to rely on it a little too much right now. He's shooting 3 of 6 from three in the Nike EYBL circuit and while he obviously wouldn't be a 50% three-point shooter with much more attempts, it's clearly a shot he's capable of hitting. Metu also has a jumper from about 12-feet that is one of his strengths.

In the paint, Metu's footwork is still a work in progress - which is completely acceptable for a high school big - but he does have a drop step he's made progress with and has shown the ability to hit hook shots with either hand, although he's better with his right hand as of now.

Defensively, Metu will be able to guard either the four or five at the next level. His size, length and athleticism give him the versatility to go up against a lot of different types of post players.

Beyond his footwork and commitment to playing on the low block, Metu will need to continue to learn to play hard. When you see him give a full effort, he looks every bit of a Top 25 prospect because of the way he effortlessly rebounds, blocks shots and scores above the rim.

When Metu loses focus he tends to drift to the perimeter and away from the action. The good news is, like almost any concern with his game, this is completely fixable.

If Metu learns to consistently play hard and accepts coaching from Andy Enfield and staff while working hard, he has an extremely high ceiling and is a kid with the potential to play in the NBA for a long time.

USC's lack of posts will allow him to get on the floor early and speed up his development. He's a guy that could be counted on early into his Trojans career.

Overall, this is a very big pickup for USC. The Trojans are getting a kid that could be a key piece to Enfield's rebuilding effort.


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