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Southern California ahead Chimezie Metu (4) reacts after creating a last-second shot towards Oregon to place Southern California forward all the way through the second one part of an NCAA school basketball recreation Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. USC received 72-70. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
SALT LAKE CITY — USC giant guy Chimezie Metu is acquainted with Utah, having performed right here a few instances whilst taking part in for the Trojans.
He was once again on the town Wednesday morning as one in every of six gamers in for a exercise with the Utah Jazz, who may just choose him with one in every of their two alternatives within the upcoming NBA draft.
Metu is a 6-11, 225-pounder, who led the Trojans in scoring final yr at 15.7 ppg and led the staff in rebounding for two instantly years, 7.Eight rpg and seven.4 rpg, respectively. He’s an athletic combo giant guy, who is understood for his protection however is including an out of doors shot to his recreation.
One participant Metu is being in comparison to is Houston’s Clint Capela, an athletic giant guy, who was once a equivalent measurement when he was once drafted in 2014 out of Switzerland. Although he was once picked within the first around, at No. 25, it took Capela awhile to paintings his means into the lineup as he performed within the D-League for maximum of his first season and was a full-time starter in his 3rd season.
Like Capela, Metu is anticipated to head past due within the first around or early moment around and he might be the kind of participant that would possibly not play vital mins within the NBA in an instant.
Jazz vice chairman of participant team of workers Walt Perrin in comparison Metu favorably with Capela.
“Clint is such a great athlete for his size and Chimizie is not a bad athlete for his size,” Perrin stated. “Clint is a better athlete, but Chimizie has a better shot and stepping out and doing stuff on the court, more so than Clint.”
Perrin additionally stated Metu isn’t able to play within the NBA in an instant.
“He has the skill set to where he could be there in time, but it’s going to take time offensively, take some time, body-wise and strength-wise. But he’s got an opportunity down the road to do that.”
The Nigerian-born Metu likes the comparability to Capela, but in addition discussed every other NBA gamers he patterns his recreation after.
“I worked out with guys I can envision myself playing like in the NBA,” he stated. “I like watching skilled bigs like (Joel) Embiid, KAT (Karl-Anthony Towns) and Anthony Davis. They do more than one thing and I see myself doing that once I get in the league.”
Metu is referred to as a shot-blocker and just right defender and he began to broaden a Three-point shot in his junior yr at USC when he sank 12 of 40 (30 %). He stated may just see himself taking part in for the Jazz, but in addition is aware of they’ve numerous gamers coming again.
“I want to go someplace I can play right away and make an impact,” he stated. “But whatever happens. I’m going to be ready whenever my numbers called and do what I can to help the team.”
Other gamers who labored out Wednesday have been Ohio State wing Keita Bates-Diop, St. Bonaventure guard Matt Mobley, Auburn wing Mustapha Heron, Kentucky ahead PJ Washington and St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds.
Bates-Diop, who’s a imaginable late-first rounder, had some bother with muscle cramps all the way through his exercise and later on as he rapidly reduce quick a media interview and lay at the flooring with obvious again spasms sooner than getting some the help of the Jazz clinical group of workers.
The 6-foot-Eight, 223-pound Washington began 30 of Kentucky’s 37 video games final season and averaged 10.Eight issues and five.7 rebounds on 51.7 % taking pictures. He has been projected as a second-round select however advanced his draft inventory on the contemporary Chicago NBA Draft Combine. He wasn’t made to be had for interviews Wednesday.
In all, Perrin known as it “a very good workout today.” He stated the Jazz have a number of workout routines to head over the following couple of weeks and that the numbers must be very similar to final yr when 76 gamers labored out for the Jazz.