Chimezie Metu is an NBA basketball player. Chimezie Metu has a two-way contract with the NBA G League’s Stockton Kings. Chimezie had previously competed for the University of Southern California as a collegiate athlete.
Metu went on to Lawndale High School in Lawndale, California, where he continued his education.
Metu acquired a lot in Nigeria, according to Chimezie’s former high school coach, Chris Brownlee.
Early Life, Family, and Education
Chimezie Metu was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 22, 1997, to James Metu and Florence Metu.
His early years were spent traveling from nation to country. He grew up in the Lawndale neighborhood of the South Bay.
He relocated to Lagos, Nigeria, with his father, brother, and sister when he was five years old, and stayed for six years.
Both James and Florence were born in Nigeria, and their father, James, was a firm believer in teaching his children about African culture and ensuring that they were aware of and understood their cultural beliefs.
Furthermore, James has his own business venture planned for the area.
His wife worked as a nurse in an L.A. hospital, while he worked in the import-export business.
Chimezie used to return to the United States every summer. While researching his culture and location, he discovered that adversity and struggle governed there more than contentment in everyday life.
The only conclusion was to respect what one already had. Not everyone gets favored in the same way.
Since then, he’s learned that instead of staying in the same place, one must work hard and constantly going forward.
Salary & Net Worth
Chimezie Metu is expected to have a net worth of about $6 million in 2022.
On the internet, however, there are no such accurate figures.
Getting right to the figures, Chimezie gets a base salary of $1,489 068 after signing a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, according to public sources.
Facts of Chimezie Metu
|Full Name||Chimezie Chukwudum Metu|
|Birth Date||March 22, 1997|
|Birth Place||Los Angeles, California|
|Nick Name||Not known|
|Education||Lawndale High School, USC|
|Father’s Name||James Metu|
|Siblings||A sister & a brother|
|Age||25 years old|
|Height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th Overall|
|Career Highlights & Awards||Pac-12 Most Improved Player (2017), First-Team All-Pac-12 (2018), Second-team All-Pac-12 (2017)|
|Position||Power Forward/ Center|
|Net Worth||$6 million|
|Current Teams||Sacramento Kings|
|Active Since||2018- present|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||June 2022|
High School Career
Metu went on to Lawndale High School in Lawndale, California, where he continued his education. Metu acquired a lot in Nigeria, according to Chimezie’s former high school coach, Chris Brownlee.
“His time in Nigeria provided him academic discipline and drive because the academic culture there is unique, where you either do or don’t in the classroom,” says the author.
Not only that, but Chimezie demonstrated his unwavering commitment to his high school when he had the opportunity to play for an elite basketball academy after growing to a height of 6’8′′ at the age of sixteen.
He, on the other hand, elected to remain with the Cardinals and play for them. He was surrounded by affection and compliments as a result of his decision and action.
He led Lawndale to Southern California basketball fame as a senior, averaging 8 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.
Chimezie’s mind-blowing dunks, including one against Miami Heat big Hassan Whiteside in a Drew League game, caught the heads of his fans.
Fighting against such a powerful team as Whiteside provided him unwavering confidence in his ability to compete in the NBA.
Chimezie was a four-star recruit out of high school, and according to Rivals.com, he was the number 46 recruit.
Harvard, among other basketball powerhouses, offered him a scholarship. Despite this, Chimezie chose to play for USC and graduated in three years with a degree in law, history, and culture.
Chimezie appeared in 34 games as a freshman, starting two of them. In each game, he averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.
He also has 54 blocks, the second-highest by a freshman at USC since Taj Gibson.
Metu also played 10 minutes for USC in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the Trojans were defeated.
In his sophomore season, Chimezie started all 36 games and averaged 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
In the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, he led his team to the second round. He was named to the All-Academic Honorable Mention list.
It was impressive how he progressed each season to the point that, as a junior in 2017-18, Chimezie was named to the All-Pac 12 First Team after averaging 7.4 rebounds, 15.7 points, and 1.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game.
Chimezie considers himself a soccer player in Nigeria, where he honed his exceptional lateral agility.
Through Trojan assistant coach Jason Hart, he learned a lot about the Spurs game and culture during his time at USC.
Chimezie was no stranger to feuds and squabbles. In December 2018, he was demoted to Captain and suspended for a year after hitting an opponent in the groin.
He was later charged with bribery and corruption in collegiate basketball on February 23, 2018.
He was tied to the FBI probe, and according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports, he and his advisor, Johnnie Parker, received $2,000 from ASM Sports (an East Coast agency).
Spurs of San Antonio Highlights
The Spurs, according to Chimezie, are a legendary franchise. After all, why not?
On June 21, 2018, being hired as the 49th choice in the 2018 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs felt like taking the first step down the path to success.
Chimezie was later signed to the San Antonio Spurs 2018 NBA Summer League roster. On September 4, 2018, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs.
He was all set to attend and eagerly absorb every advice and skill. Metu would do everything he could to make the most of his opportunity.
On October 20, 2018, Chimezie made his NBA debut, playing for around three minutes and scoring two points, two rebounds, and a block in a 108–121 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
On November 28, 2020, Chimezie signed with the Sacramento Kings.
He only played in four preseason games before being waived.
After two days, the Kings announced that he had signed a two-way contract with the organization.
Chimezie Metu is most likely single and has avoided hook-ups and relationships.
That’s even worth it because he’s fresh to the professional basketball scene and can’t afford to lose any opportunities to get to the top.
Height & Weight
Chimezie Metu stands 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and weighs 255 lb (116 kg).
Social Media Status
His Instagram has 28.8k followers and he has 10.5k Twitter followers.