Nigerian basketball star Chimezie Metu builds a new basketball court in his hometown of Nnewi.
Metu, 25, is a role player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Metu’s foundation took to social media to show off the new pitch in his hometown of Nnewi, though he did not return to Nigeria for the end-of-year celebrations.
The 49th pick by the USC Trojans in the second round of the 2018 NBA draft, Metu is now an established player in his fifth season.
Born in Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA), Metu is attached to his Nigerian roots and is a key member of the national basketball team known as the D’Tigers.
Metu inaugurates new basketball court in Nnewi
The Metu foundation posted photos of the new court on social media along with a message about the new court located at Nnewi High School.
The message read: “Our first community project has been completed at Nnewi High School. A pitch renovation was gifted to Nnewi High School students and the entire community on December 20, 2022.
“We hope this helps grow the game of basketball and also provides a safe space for students and other members of the community.
“This court is the first of many that Chimezie Metu and the Mezie Metu Foundation hope to bring to their hometown of Nnewi and other communities around Anambra and Nigeria.
“We would like to thank MODE Builders, Nnewi HS officials and the Nnewi Town Council for their role in making this happen.”
Metu last appeared for the Nigerian D’Tigers in a FIBA World Cup 2023 qualifier against the Ivory Coast.
He is expected to return to the national team for upcoming games this year that will determine whether they will appear in the tournament scheduled to be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.