Moneke, Schneider earn preseason accolades

Oct. 13, 2017

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UC Davis, the defending Big West Conference Tournament champions and 2017 NCAA Tournament participant, earned another three preseason awards when College Sports Madness revealed its all-conference teams and specialty winners. On this list, senior forward Chima Moneke earned Player of the Year honors and earned a spot on the media outlet’s first team alongside junior guard Siler Schneider.

Earlier this month, Moneke, a communication major from Canberra, Australia, earned Preseason Player of the Year recognition from SB Nation.

Moneke, the Big West’s defending rebound champion (9.5 rpg) enjoyed an outstanding debut season for the Aggies last year, averaged 14.6 ppg, shot .527 overall and led the league in nine different categories: field goals made (192), rebounds per game, defensive rebounds (249), defensive rebounds per game (6.9), total rebounds (341), blocks (51), blocks per game (1.4), double-doubles (14) and double-figure rebound games (17).

Scheider, who hails from Lansing, Kansas, and also majors in communication, has been one of the conferences’s best guards since he arrived to UC Davis. This is why nobody was surprised when league officials named him its Best Sixth Man in addition to bestowing all-conference recognition last season.

During the latter portion of his sophomore campaign — which included an appearance at the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region against Kansas, in a game that took place in Tulsa, just a short drive from his hometown — he averaged 17.7 ppg, shot .500 overall and a blistering .433 from three.

One of three Aggies who averaged double figures in scoring last season at 10.3 ppg, more than one-third of Schneider’s points were scored from three. His overall shooting clip of .398, 125 field goals, 47 three-pointers and 47 free throws made were all league-high numbers among all non-starters.

UC Davis' 2017-18 season will begin on Nov. 13 at Northern Colorado — the first of a season-opening five-game road swing that also includes another rivalry game vs, Sacramento State at the Golden 1 Center, the state-of-the-art downtown home of the Sacramento Kings. A home-and-home series against Northern Colorado will conclude on Nov. 29 when the Aggies compete inside the Pavilion for the first time this year.


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