This is an easy way to earn an ejection.
USC forward Chimezie Metu didn't get to spend too much time in Sunday's game against Washington State.
The junior who was averaging 18.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in 31.8 minutes going into Sunday got only seven points and one rebound because he was ejected from the game in the first half.
After getting a dunk of his own, Metu delivered a low-blow to Washington State's Carter Skaggs as he attempted a three-pointer, and Metu was give a Flagrant 2.
For Metu, not only did the punch take him out of the game, but it could also have impact on his draft stock moving forward. Metu is listed as No. 21 on the latest NBA draft big board by Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo.
USC's Chimezie Metu delivered one of the ugliest plays you'll see in college basketball this year, striking WSU's Carter Skaggs in the groin after a jumper. Metu, an NBA prospect, was ejected. The lack of composure is emblematic of this season for USC.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) January 1, 2018
One big thing NBA folks have been worried about with Chimezie Metu for a while is maturity and responding well to adversity. Certainly sounds like he didn’t exactly do that tonight.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) January 1, 2018
USC would go on to win the game 89-71 despite losing Metu with more than 25 minutes to play.
On Tuesday USC announced Metu will be stripped of his captaincy as punishment for the hit, he will miss the first half of the Trojans next game against California Jan. 4 and he sent Skaggs an apology letter.
According to USC, Metu apologized to Skaggs and Washington State coach Ernie Kent in the letter and described his hit as, "a lack of judgment for a split second led to an action that I immediately regretted and had no business committing in the first place. I understand there is no place in the game of basketball for such an unsportsmanlike action."