Q&A: Spurs Summer League coach Will Hardy talks Chimezie Metu, player development

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With their second pick int he 2018 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected USC's Chimezie Metu.

Metu earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors and averaged 15.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.74 blocks in 31.0 minutes in 34 appearances last year during his junior season for the Trojans. He also played in a total of 104 games and averaged 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.62 blocks in his three seasons at USC, finishing his career third in school history with 168 blocks.

Now he is getting his first taste of the NBA stage at the Summer League.

The team is currently participating in the Las Vegas Summer League and through two games, Metu is averaging 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.5 minutes.

Friend of the Spurs Zone, John Karalis of Celtics site Reds Army, spoke with Summer League team Head Coach, Will Hardy, about Metu and how the Spurs manage to find gems late in the draft and shared it with us.

Spurs Zone: What makes Metu a potential steal in the second round?

Hardy: He's really skilled, really athletic and a smart kid. He has a lot more to his game than I think people give him credit for. He's got to get stronger, obviously, but he's got a lot of potential. He has a good feel for the game, he's a good passer.

SZ: What specifically is the team trying to work with him?

Hardy: Just all the basic concepts of our system. The Summer League is just an introduction into the Spurs' system. (We're) trying to get him to take care of the defensive end and some basic core principles.

SZ: What is it about the Spurs that they get these late round guys? The Spurs keep getting these steals.

Hardy: We pride ourselves in our player development program. Our goal is for the guys to get better everyday. We've had the benefit, based on out success, of having some guys be able to develop a little bit slower, in the sense they're not thrust into the spotlight immediately. Player development is a huge part of out program and we take a lot of pride in it.