USC’s Chimezie Metu sits out NIT to protect his draft status
If the USC Trojans are going to make a run in the NIT, they will have to do so without star big man Chimezie Metu.
USC announced on Tuesday that Metu is sitting out the NIT in order to protect his health ahead of the NBA Draft.
Statement from USC head coach Andy Enfield: “Chimezie Metu has made a personal decision not to participate in the NIT as a precautionary measure to eliminate the risk of injury leading up to the NBA Draft.” pic.twitter.com/qgczqH6p56
— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) March 14, 2018
Metu averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season, all of which led the team. He considered entering the draft last year before deciding to return for his junior season.
Metu projects as a potential late first, early second-round pick. He previously was a USC captain but lost that status after a groin punch on an opponent.