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USC men's basketball sophomore Chimezie Metu announced that he will return for his junior season after being named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player in 2016-17.

"We have a great opportunity to do something special next year," Metu told Trojans Live. "It honestly wouldn't feel right to leave at this stage. We're right on the cusp of becoming a great team."

Last season, Metu led USC in total points (14.8 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg). He was immense in the NCAA Tournament, including 28 points against Baylor in the Second Round.

Metu will be joined by rising senior PG Jordan McLaughlin as the leadership core of next year's team. Bennie Boatwright and Elijah Stewart are still exploring their draft possibilities, but they could return as well.

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