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Phoenix Suns’ Chimezie Metu shines in Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament

Apr 7, 2023; Sacramento, California, USA; Sacramento Kings forward Chimezie Metu (7) reacts to a called foul during the third quarter of the game against the Golden State Warriors at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Across two games at the FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament of Africa, Chimezie Metu of the Phoenix Suns put up some impressive numbers for Team Nigeria.

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Unfortunately, Nigeria faced elimination after a challenging fourth quarter where they were outscored 24-7 in their recent game against Mali. Nevertheless, Metu exhibited significant promise throughout the tournament.

The Suns gave a shoutout to their new center/forward on Twitter.

This includes a double-double game against Senegal on Sunday.

Chimezie Metum recently signed a one-year deal with the Suns back in June. He is expected to make around $2.5 million this season.

Prior to joining the Suns, Metu spent two seasons with the Spurs and more recently, contributed significantly off the bench for the Kings over a span of three years.

Last season, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 10.4 minutes, 4.9 points and three rebounds on 59/24/74 splits. 

Chimezie Metu’s off-court contributions are equally remarkable. Reportedly, he invested a considerable amount of time recruiting players for the Nigerian basketball team

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