Chima Moneke earns Preseason All-Big West accolades

Oct. 26, 2017

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IRVINE, Calif. - Senior forward Chima Moneke earned additional preseason honors when the Big West Conference released its Preseason All-Conference Team, as selected by the media on Thursday.

Moneke is the first Aggie named to the league's preseason squad since Corey Hawkins earned this honor prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.

This is the latest accolade earned by the Canberra, Australia native, who majors in communication. Earlier this fall, SB Nation named Moneke its Preseason Big West Conference Player of the Year; College Sports Madness also added his name to its Preseason All-Mid-Major third team in addition to its Preseason All-Big West first team.

Moneke, the Big West's defending rebound champion (9.5 rpg) enjoyed an outstanding debut season for the Aggies last year. He 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).

The only returning player from the 2016-17 All-Big West first team also earned NABC All-District, Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player, Big West All-Tournament Team, Big West Newcomer of the Year, the Riley Wallace Award (nation's top Division I transfer) throughout his first season in a UC Davis uniform.

While head coach Jim Les and his team are more concerned about postseason results, accolades and polls, the defending Big West Conference Tournament Champion and 2017 NCAA Tournament participant finished second in this year's preseason media poll.

UC Davis' season will begin on Nov. 13, at Northern Colorado, in 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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