Metu chooses Trojans

USC landed a big commitment from 2015 power forward Chimezie Metu on Monday, giving the Trojans their first pledge in the class.

USC's 2015 class is officially off to a successful start.

On Monday, the Trojans picked up a commitment from 6-foot-8, 200-pound Lawndale (Calif.) power forward Chimezie Metu, giving USC its first pledge in the 2015 class.'s 50th ranked prospect in his class, Metu chose USC for academics as much as basketball.

"I think the biggest reason was life after basketball with the USC degree," said Lawndale head coach Chris Brownlee. "Not that any of the other degrees wouldn't have been as wonderful, but it really plays up the network you have being in Los Angeles and what happens when you graduate from there. I think that really appealed to him."

USC's coaching staff got in with Metu early and that relationship played a big role in the four-star prospect becoming a Trojan.

"He likes the style of play, especially what coach (Andy) Enfield was able to do at Florida Gulf Coast," said Brownlee. "No disrespect to the other coaches recruiting him, but Jason Hart and Tony Bland did a great job with him.

"The fact that they are from Los Angeles appealed to him too. They've had a lot of experiences that can help him develop as a player; that really resonated with him."

Brownlee sees Metu as a player who will be able to help USC inside the paint and sometimes outside of it.

"He'll be a stretch four," he said. "He can do a lot of the things he likes to do; he can play freely and just be a basketball player. He can play inside when he's stronger than the defender and play outside when he's going up against someone bigger."

The hope is that Metu will be able to come in and make an early impact at USC.

"I think we have some work to do to make the kind of impact that he wants to make," said Brownlee. "This is another developmental year for him.

"He's working to getting his mindset ready. We're continuing to mentor him and help him develop as a player and person so he can make an impact there."

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