Aggies end historic year with extensive list of honors

Aug. 4, 2017

Part One: Non-conference slate sets stage for historic season
Part Two: Aggies build momentum throughout league play
Part Three: Team effort leads to Big West Tournament title
Part Four: UC Davis grabs nation's attention during March Madness

Following its first postseason run at the NCAA Tournament, UC Davis basketball collected numerous awards, honors and enjoyed special recognition from the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento River Cats. This impressive, and well-deserved list of accolades, highlights the final portion of the Aggies' five-part 2016-17 season review.

Throughout its historic postseason run, local and national media often commented that UC Davis is a program on the rise and making a name for itself within the Big West Conference and college basketball's national landscape.

Throughout the 2016-17 season, the Aggies earned numerous awards from the league, various media outlets and organizations -- honors that reflected the hard work invested by a group of young men that represented UC Davis basketball in a first-class manner in the classroom, community and on the court. 

Highlights of this past season include:

  • The program's first NCAA Tournament victory, earned in its inaugural appearance
  • First Big West Conference Tournament championship
  • The program's first Big West Tournament MVP (Chima Moneke) and two Big West All-Tournament Team selections (Brynton Lemar and Moneke)
  • A league-high six All-Big West awards earned by Lemar (first team), Moneke (Newcomer of the Year and first team), Darius Graham (Best Hustle Player for the second straight season) and Siler Schneider (Best Sixth Player and honorable mention)
  • Second 20-win season in the last three years
  • An undefeated home record for the second time in three seasons
  • A decisive victory over rival Sacramento State in the inaugural college basketball game in Golden 1 Center history
  • The team's first appearance at the Great Alaska Shootout, the longest-running regular-season college basketball showcase in the country
  • NABC All-District honors for Moneke
  • Moneke winning the Riley Wallace Award, presented to the top Division I men's basketball transfer
  • Team's second Big West individual rebound title, in as many years, when Moneke finished with a conference-high 9.5 per game average
  • Bronze Community Service Award from the UC Davis Community Resource Center, the only Athletics program honored by the CRC three years in a row 
  • Program's first Allstate Good Works Team finalist when Darius Graham earned recognition for his extensive community service
  • Program's first Senior CLASS Award finalist when Graham was also honored for his notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition
  • Seven Player of the Week awards
  • Two invitations from the NCAA, extended to Lemar and Graham, to attend its annual Career in Sports Forum

 

 

This past season was unlike any other in UC Davis basketball's history, and one the Aggies would like to replicate in the near future. In order to accomplish this, the coaching staff is working hard to prepare for the upcoming season, and has been busy recruiting a specific type of student-athlete who possesses the work ethic, values, intelligence, and skill set needed to succeed in the classroom and on the court.

Comprising the Aggies' eight-member incoming class are five transfers -- Stefan Gonzalez, Matt Neufeld, Colin Russell, TJ Shorts II and Jonah Underwood-- and three true freshmen in Delveion Jackson, Gio Nelson and Logan Strom who are all ready to make an immediate impact and help the program continue its growth.

With five members from this past season no longer on roster after graduating last spring, expect a spirited and intense battle for a coveted spot in the starting lineup once this year's squad returns to campus for summer classes and off-season workouts.

For a fan base that enjoyed a year it will never forget, the start of the upcoming season cannot arrive fast enough.

Once available, UCDavisAggies.com will provide all information pertaining to men's basketball season tickets -- the easiest way to secure the lowest available price for all upcoming UC Davis home games.