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4 - Chimezie Metu

USC 

  • Birthday: 3/22/97
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: Lawndale, CA
  • High School: Lawndale
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Overall

89

2018
Mock:  49

NBA Comparison: Elden Campbell

Strengths: Metu knows how to use the triple-threat to keep opponents on their toes, possessing a quick first step, capable of taking opponents off the dribble ... He is an exceptional athlete (6’11”, 225 pounds), possessing a 6’11” wingspan ... He does a really good job of using his size and length to his advantage (7.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and .8 steals) ... He knows how to get position and battle inside for rebounds ... Very fluid in the open floor, capable of leading a fast break and handling the ball in the open floor ... Knows how to find open shooters ... Can be effective as a rim runner in transition and clean up on the offensive boards in transition ... Length and athleticism make him very effective in converting ally oops ... His shot has improved significantly during his time at USC ... In his freshman year, he shot 51.3% from the foul line and only attempted one three-point shot, averaging 6.4 points per game ... In his junior year, he shot 73.0% from the foul line and shot 30.0% from 3-point range on 1.2 attempts per game, averaging 15.7 points per game ... He’s very comfortable finishing around the rim whether it’s off the dribble, a put back, or catching the ball down on the block ... His jump hook is improving and becoming much more reliable ... He is starting to develop a nice post fade away, floater, etc ... He knows how to recover on defense and has a really quick second jump, which allows him to block shots and grab rebounds effectively ... He can play at a high level and with a high motor "when he wants to" ... Knows how to “bring it.” Doesn’t give up on rebounds ... Can elevate with ease and throw it down ... Shooting percentages are not indiciative of the type of shooting ability that he possesses, (52.3 fg%, 73.0 ft,% 30.0 3p% ) which is intriguing in terms of what he can become, but disappointing in what he has failed to achieve ...

Weaknesses: He needs to develop more consistency inside ... Offensive repertoire is getting more developed, but he still needs to be more consistent with his jump hooks, etc ... Especially when he is contested ... He sometimes forces it when nothing is there ... He needs to improve his ability to read defenses and make the right play ... While he has the speed, quickness, size, and overall athleticism, he needs to play more physical inside ... He struggles to finish through contact and throw it down in traffic ... If defenses crowd him, he has a much more difficult time scoring and making plays ... He needs to do a better job of establishing position down on the block and not getting pushed around ... He needs to do a better job of putting the ball on the floor before he moves ... He has the tendency to take an extra step after moving his pivot foot before dribbling, resulting in a travel ... Finishing with his off (left) hand needs work ... He has a hard time with left-handed hooks inside, etc ... There are also concerns about his ability to keep his head ... He got suspended for punching a player in the groin and has developed a reputation of being a bit reckless in that regard ... General focus and maturity must become better and he must learn to compete at all times on the floor ... During his pre-draft interviews, he’ll need to prove to league brass that he’s capable of handling the NBA grind and being a true professional ...

Ben Parker 5/1/18

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