Men's Basketball
    Metu Named John R. Wooden Award Winner

    Chimezie Metu
    March 23, 2015

    USC basketball recruit Chimezie Metu was named a John R. Wooden Award winner as the CIF Southern Section Division II Player of the Year it was announced today (March 23).

    Metu averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds this season and led Lawndale High to the CIF-SS Division 2AA final where they lost a heartbreaker in double-overtime to Canyon of Anaheim. In that game, Metu scored 24 points, had 16 rebounds and blocked five shots. Lawndale also advanced to the Division II Southern California Regional final where it lost to La Mirada.

    Metu will be presented his award at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show at the L.A. Live Club Nokia on April 10.

    The 6-10, 220-pound power forward Metu is a consensus top 50 recruit, ranked the No. 31 prospect in the 2015 class by Scout.com, No. 47 by Rivals.com and No. 48 by ESPN.com.

    USC returns its entire roster from the 2014-15 team and will add Metu and another top-50 recruit in Bennie Boatwright of Sun Valley Village Christian High, who led his team to the 2015 1AA Southern Section title.