USC star Chimezie Metu doesn’t seem too thrilled with his program’s fan base.
USC was surprisingly snubbed from the NCAA Tournament this year, and instead, earned a bid to play in the NIT. Star player Chimezie Metu is choosing not to play in the event – citing his focus on the future. The decision has been a bit controversial, to say the least.
Statement from USC head coach Andy Enfield: “Chimezie Metu has made a personal decision not to participate in the NIT as a precautionary measure to eliminate the risk of injury leading up to the NBA Draft.” pic.twitter.com/qgczqH6p56
— USC Men's Basketball (@USC_Hoops) March 14, 2018
Metu has been getting heat from fans on social media for not playing with his teammates. Tuesday night, he took to Twitter to both defend himself and take a bit of a shot at USC fans.
In short, he criticized them for not coming to home games.
Metu’s tweets were deleted, but Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times took screenshots.
USC junior forward Chimezie Metu defends his decision to sit out the NIT – and then takes a swipe at all the USC hoops fans that somehow didn’t make it to a game this season. Good for him. pic.twitter.com/W9KIF2UHJ4
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) March 14, 2018
USC’s first contest in the NIT came Tuesday night, and the Trojans outlasted UNC Asheville in four overtimes. Clearly, they could have used him.
Metu averaged 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest this past year. The junior forward, who measures in at 6-foot-11, 225 pounds, will likely declare for the NBA Draft.