Men's Basketball
    Metu & Boatwright Named To Cal-High All-State Elite Teams

    Chimezie Metu
    May 5, 2015

    USC's incoming freshmen forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright were named to Cal-High Sports All-State Elite Teams it was announced on May 4.

    Metu of Lawndale HS in Lawndale, Calif. was a first-team selection as he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks this season and led his team 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 was named the Wooden Award winner among Division II schools in the CIF-Southern Section. He was also named first-team CIF-SS Division II, Division II All-State and was second in the California Division II Player of the Year voting.

    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.

    Boatwright of Village Christian in Sun Valley, Calif. was a second-team selection as he averaged 27.8 points and 13 rebounds per game. The high-scoring 6-10 forward led the Crusaders to the Southern Section 1AA Championship by scoring 30 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a 79-61 win over top-seeded Great Oak on March 21 at the Honda Center. Boatwright was a Los Angeles Times All-Star, CIF-SS Player of the Year and co-Player of the Year in the California Division I voting.

    Boatwright, a top 60 recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, scored a school-record 50 points and made eight three-pointers in a win over Saugus in December.