Feb 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of a Nike logo basketball during the game between the Utah Utes and the Southern California Trojans at Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chimezie Metu, Four-Star Power Forward, Commits to USC

Four-star power forward Chimezie Metu out of Lawndale has verbally committed to play basketball at USC, becoming Andy Enfield’s first commit for the 2015 class.

The Nigerian-born forward stands tall at 6’9, 210 pounds. He is considered one of the top 50 players in the country and earned a four-star rating from Rivals. He had named a top five of Arizona State, Cal, Creighton, Harvard and USC back in February.

Metu already has the size and athleticism to excel at his position, especially on offense where he exhibits a scoring touch, making him a major pick up for the Trojans.

Enfield just signed a class for 2014 consisting of four-star point guard Jordan McLaughlin, center Jabari Craig, small forward Malik Marquetti and power forward Malik Price-Martin, all of whom were three-star recruits according to Rivals.

USC needs all the big-time talent Enfield can find as he tries to pull the Trojans out of the depths of a dismal 2013-14 season. With just two wins in conference play and an early exit from the Pac-12 tournament, there is more than enough room for improvement.

Unfortunately, USC will need to find that improvement without the services of leading scorer Byron Wesley, who decided to transfer after this season. The Trojans also lose Pe’Shon Howard, J.T. Terrell and Omar Oraby to graduation.

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