HOOPS RECRUITING: Take it Chimezie

From a pickup game with two former conference players of the year to going nuts on some I.B.'s Hoagies, Chimezie Metu got the full Berkeley experience during his unofficial visit on Saturday.

It's not every day that a basketball recruit gets to play with just about all of his future teammates, but on Saturday, that's exactly what Chimezie Metu -- the three-star, 6-foot-8 2015 power forward out of Lawndale (Calif.) – got to do at the RSF on the California campus.

"It was really fun," Metu said, of balling with 2016 prospect Colin Slater and nearly the entire Bears freshman class. "We started playing at 1, and we got done at 3."

For two hours, Metu played pick-up basketball with Tyrone Wallace, Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews, Kameron Rooks and Sam Singer.

Metu, two of his high school coaches and a teammate made the long drive up from southern California to spend the day on campus.

"We just went around the gym, they showed us the weight room, showed us the locker room and we had a little talk with the academic advisor for the team," Metu said. "Then, we went to get something to eat and went to the [football] game."

Metu got the entire Cal experience on Saturday, including a trip to local institution I.B.'s Hoagies. Metu scarfed down a Philly cheesesteak, as well as a bucket of chili cheese fries.

"It was good," Metu laughed.

Metu hung with assistant coaches Gregg Gottlieb and Travis DeCuire during the day, talking basketball and the Bears as they went.

The sheer size of the campus was the biggest thing that struck Metu.

"I didn't know that it was that big," he said. "It was just a really nice campus."

Metu also got to pal around with fellow big man Richard Solomon, and gushed about the personality of the 2013-14 squad.

"They were really fun to be around, and really cool," Metu. "They're really high-energy, especially Richard Solomon. He's really funny."

Though Metu and his crew had to leave just a few minutes into the football game against No. 22 Northwestern, he did get the entire game day experience.

"It was nice. It was really fun," Metu said.

But, Metu laughed, not as fun as that simple game of pick-up.

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