The Lawndale High School basketball program doesn’t have much history to its name.
Junior forward Chimezie Metu is currently writing it. Rather on the soccer pitch — which he played growing up in Nigeria before returning to America in the sixth grade — or on the basketball court, Metu has always had a knack for scoring. The junior is quickly rising into one of the top players on the west coast for head coach Chris Brownlee and the Cardinals.
His talents will be very much needed if the Cardinals are going to make a postseason run. This year they move up to Division I-A. In the meantime, the Cardinals are going through the regular season and on a given night a number of Division I head coaches will be present to check out Metu. On the eve of their Pac-12 contest at Galen Center, Arizona State’s Herb Sendek and USC’s Andy Enfield were on hand to watch the four-star forward.
Meanwhile, here’s 10 things you may not know about the junior:
With Smith being his favorite actor, there’s no question who he’d want to be Chimezie Metu on screen.
"Will Smith," he said without hesitation.
Current Lakers forward Wesley Johnson averaged 16.5 points and shot 41.5 percent from three-point range in his one and only season seeing action at Syracuse after transferring from Iowa State. At Syracuse, Johnson wore No. 4 and caught Metu’s eye.
"I liked watching him when he was at Syracuse," Metu recalled. "He was one of my favorite players coming out of college. The year he got drafted was the year I got (to Lawndale)."
Occasionally, Metu will "switch it up" for his pregame meal but he normally goes across the street from his school and enjoys some teriyaki. Aside from that, his routine before games is pretty simple.
"Just eat (and) pray," he said. "That’s pretty much it."
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