College basketball recruiting is never easy, but for California, having two of its biggest – both literally and figuratively – targets rooming with one another during the summer while playing for the Oakland Soldiers at least makes things convenient.
While five-star Ivan Rabb is just as buttoned-up in the hotel room as he is with the media, the bigger personality on the road – 2015 three-star forward Chimezie Metu -- is considerably more verbose. That makes plenty of sense, considering he's taking Advanced Placement English this year at Lawndale (Calif.) High School.
"We didn't really talk about [recruiting] that much," Metu says. "We'd talk about offers and that – offers that I had – and how schools were recruiting us, but that's pretty much it. We were roommates a couple times and we got to know each other. He's just like he is on camera. He doesn't say that much. He's just a cool guy, and cool to hang around with."
Metu – no stranger to the Bay Area after playing for the Soldiers and attending his uncle's wedding up north – will make his first unofficial visit to a school outside of southern California this weekend, when he and his high school coach drive up to Berkeley to take in the football season opener against No. 22 Northwestern.
"I'm pretty excited," Metu says. "It's the first time I've been somewhere on an unofficial visit that far away. It should be fun."
Metu will depart from southern California on Friday after his first week of classes concludes, and while the drive will be lengthy, he's excited to see what life is like on campus.
"I talk to the coaches pretty often," Metu says. "I like the school, and it'll be fun to go up there this weekend. The direction that the program is heading, it should be fun."
After watching the Bears play the UCLA last season, Metu already has a good idea of how he'd fit into Mike Montgomery's program.
"I watched them play one time when they played UCLA, and they were pretty fun to watch. I see myself fitting in their system really well," he says.
It certainly doesn't hurt that Montgomery and his staff brought in one of the best classes in the country in 2013.
"They've got a couple fun players to watch in the 2013 class," says Metu, who has unofficially visited the Bruins, USC and San Diego State already.
One of those players is former five-star Jabari Bird. Despite the fact that both played in the Soldiers program, the two have never crossed paths. Metu is particularly keen on going up against Bird in a little pick-up basketball, where he says he thinks he'll do "pretty well" against the former Richmond (Calif.) Salesian star.
Metu is rare among 2015ers in that he already has a clear idea of what he wants to study in college: Law.
"I've been interested in law for a pretty long time," says Metu, who's also taking Pre-Calculus and AP U.S. History this year. "My uncle's a lawyer, and I like what he does."
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