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4 - Chimezie Metu

6-10, 220 Power Forward/Center
USC Junior
Birthday
03/22/97 (22.7 yrs)
Hometown
Lawndale, CA
High School
Lawndale
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
7
Strength
8
Quickness
8
Leadership
6
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
7
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
6

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

January 3, 2015

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