Had USC been given a spot in the NCAA tournament, as most college basketball experts felt it deserved, Chimezie Metu no doubt would have been in action for the Trojans as they set out on trying to win a national title.
When the Trojans were snubbed and instead put into the NIT, though, the junior forward decided his best course of action was to call it a season and not play Tuesday night against UNC-Asheville. After all, USC’s leading scorer and rebounder is an NBA prospect who is likely to enter the draft this spring. As much as he may have wanted to play another game or two with his teammates, the risk of injury outweighed the benefits of suiting up.
Check any USC message board, Facebook timeline or Twitter feed and you’ll see this choice wasn’t taken very well.
After the Trojans outlasted UNC-Asheville 103-98 in double overtime, a game in which Metu was seen excitedly cheering on his team from the bench, Metu took to Twitter to ask critics of his decision to cool it a bit.
To all the angry USC "fans" out there: I know you're mad I didn't play tonight but I'm asking you to please keep the insults to a minimum and not judge me off a cautious decision that I made about my future but rather by the 3 years of hardwork and dedication that I gave to USC
— Chimezie Metu™ (@Chimezie_Metu) March 14, 2018
Assuming the 6-foot-11 Metu turns pro, his USC career will go down as one of the best in recent memory. This season he led the Trojans in scoring (15.7 points per game) and rebounding (7.4) while shooting 52 percent, and overall he averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 104 games with 71 starts.
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