Neal Monson
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Neal  Monson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Sandy, Utah

High School:
The Waterford School '10

Last College:
Salt Lake Community College

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 245

Position:
C

Major:
Philosophy


06/30/2016

Record 61 Aggies earn Big West All-Academic

UC Davis has 89 honorees in fall, winter and spring combined

06/30/2016

UC Davis places 63 on Big West Academic squads

Conference announces winter and spring teams

05/20/2016

Grab, Halsted, Cheung garner year-end honors

Tennis teams claimed Welch and Leach GPA awards

05/11/2016

Monson named prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholar

Big West Conference's Male Student-Athlete of the Year is UC Davis' first Div. I men's basketball player to receive this national scholarship

04/11/2016

Monson ends season as league’s top rebounder

Junior center collects Big West statistical championships in two rebounding categories

2015-16: NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION... BIG WEST SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR... BIG WEST CONFERENCE REBOUNDING CHAMPION... Ended the season with the following Big West rankings: No. 1 in the Big West in rebounding (8.5 rpg); No. 1 in defensive rebounds (6.3 drpg); No. 3 in offensive rebounds (2.2 orpg); No. 8 field goal percentage (.493)... Ended the season with the following NCAA rankings: No. 50 in defensive rebounds; No. 81 in rebounds per game; No. 141 in total rebounds (246)... First UC Davis basketball player selected to receive the NCAA’s prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship in the program’s D-I history... UC Davis basketball’s first-ever Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year... Big West Conference’s overall (8.5 per game) and defensive rebound (6.3) champion... 

Leaves UC Davis with the following career rankings: No. 2 in rebound average (5.8/gm.), defensive rebound average (4.3/gm.), No. 4 in offensive rebound average (1.5/gm.)No. 5 in field goal percentage (.533), No. 7 in defensive rebounds (264). No. 8 in rebounds (354), offensive rebounds (90)... Set a new Div. I-era single-season program high by finishing with 246 rebounds and 183 defensive rebounds... Also set new single-season program highs with his 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 rebounds per game averages... Now ranked No. 2 with his single-season offensive rebound total (63) and offensive rebound per game average (2.2)... Recorded double-figure rebound totals in 11 games... One of the team’s three captains... Scored a career-high 21 points, and tied another career best by finishing with 15 rebounds in the Aggies’ 3OT game at CSUN (3/5)... By finishing with 12 rebounds at UC Riverside (2/6), Monson grabbed a combined 25 rebounds throughout his team’s Southern California road trip... Earned third career/season double-double by finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds at Cal State Fullerton (2/4)... Matched his career high by scoring 20 points, the most against a Division I opponent in his career, on a career-high nine field goals vs. Cal Poly (1/30); also scored 20 points vs. Holy Names earlier this season... For the second straight game, led all players with 13 rebounds in the Aggies’ Big West home opener vs. CSUN (1/14)... Led all Aggies and posted his first 20-plus point game at UC Davis against Holy Names (1/2)... His nine rebounds at Seattle (12/28) was a team-high total; collected seven of his team’s 19 defensive rebounds; recorded his 200th career rebound in that same game... Led all Aggies with seven rebounds, one-fourth of the team’s total, vs. Idaho (12/22)... In front of hometown friends and family who made the drive from Sandy, Utah, to Utah Valley (11/28), Monson scored a career-high 17 points and 13 rebounds to post his second career double-double; seven of his rebounds were collected on offense, the Wolverines recorded four offensive rebounds as a team... Grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and scored eight points vs. Portland (11/15); became the first Aggie since March 2, 2013 (J.T. Adenrele, at Cal State Fullerton), to collect 15 or more boards in a single game... Recorded his first career double-double when he finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. North Dakota State; hit all eight free throws, doubling his previous career high, that evening (11/13).

2014-15:
Finished with seven boards in the Aggies' season finale vs. UC Irvine (2/7)... His seven rebounds at UCSB (2/26) were a team high... Scored eight or more points for the seventh time in the last nine games when UC Davis hosted Hawai'i (2/21)... Responsible for eight of the Aggies' 17 bench points vs. Cal Poly (1/31)...
Set a new career high by scoring 16 points, on a career-high six field goals and tied another career best by sinking all four shots at the line vs. UCSB (1/29)... For the second straight game, Monson scored eight points, on four field goals, when the Aggies visited Hawai'i (1/22)... Scored eight points on a season-high four field goals, and finished with six boards and two assists at Cal State Fullerton (1/17)... Led all Aggies by finishing with a career-high 10 rebounds vs. CSUN (1/7)... Monson is one of two Aggies that posted a team-high, single-game 10 rebounds this season... Chipped-in eight points, two shy of his career high, and tied two career highs with three field goals and two assists against Cal Maritime (1/3)... Scored a season-high 10 points on a season high 3 for 4 shooting at Air Force (12/20)... Collected a season-high six rebounds vs. Utah State (a team that once recruited him) (11/26)... Scored two points, grabbed three rebounds, blocked one shot and recorded one steal in his UC Davis debut vs. Holy Names (11/16).

SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (2013-14): National Junior College Athletic Association All-American honorable mention...The only player on the Bruins' roster named a started in each game played... Averaged 14.4 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game... Led SLCC to the NJCAA title game... Posted team-high scoring totals in 16 games... Finished as the Bruins' top rebounder in 15 games... Logged a team-high 10 double-doubles... His 36 blocks represented nearly 30 percent of his team's total.

Neal Monson and UC Davis philosophy instructor Ceth Lightfield outside the Segundo Residence Halls

2011-13: Served a two-year LDS mission in Oaxaca, Mexico.

UTAH (2010-11): Redshirted.

THE WATERFORD SCHOOL '10:
Graduated with a 3.8 GPA... Two-time all-state selection... Posted double-double averages as a sophomore, junior and senior... Averaged 21.0 points, 16.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game as a senior en route to sectional MVP accolades... Those figures were the highest among all Utah Division 3A players... Posted 20.0 points and 15.0 rebound per game averages in his junior season... Led all Utah classifications in blocks and rebounds as a senior.

PERSONAL: Born in Salt Lake City... Neal is the oldest of Chamane and Reid Monson's five children... Younger siblings are Seth, Alec, Isaac and Catherine... His father competed for Utah's men's basketball team... Uncles James and Dwayne each played football at BYU... Majoring in philosophy... Enjoys spending time with his wife, reading and learning foreign languages... Served a two-year LDS mission in Oaxaca, Mexico, before enrolling at SLCC... Speaks Spanish fluently... San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard is the best athlete that he has competed against... Dunking on his father is his athletic career highlight... Serving a LDS mission is his proudest personal accomplishment... Transferred to UC Davis because of its academic standing, relationships with the coaches and location.

Year G-GS FG-FGA/Pct. 3FG-FGA/Pct. FT-FTA/Pct. Rebs. A Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
2014-15 32-0 62-101/.614 0-0/.000 32-41/.780 108 15 7 11 156 4.9
2015-16 29-28 101-205/.493 0-3/.000 59-87/.678 246 24 12 13 261 9.0
Totals 61-28 163-306/.533 0-3/.000 91-128/.711 354 39 19 24 417 6.8