Spurs select USC's Chimezie Metu in second round of 2018 NBA Draft

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With the 49th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected forward Chimezie Metu from the University of Southern California.

At 6’11, Metu is best known for his athletic ability. He does have some skills, but it will take time for them to blossom. With that being said, he will be somewhat of a project. However, considering where he was selected, it was a good value pick.

During his junior year, he averaged 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He also racked up nearly two assists and blocks a contest. While his perimeter ability isn’t anything to write home about, he did manage to hit 12 3-pointers during his junior campaign. This means the potential to develop this shot consistently could be there with time.

Metu played in a total of 104 games and averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.62 blocks in his three seasons at USC, finishing his career third in school history with 168 blocks.

It is reasonable to expect Metu to have more of an impact defensively, as his explosiveness and quickness will allow him to be a rim protector.

Overall, he seems to be a really solid pickup late in the second round.


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