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BOSTON — Senior communication major Chima Moneke continues to collect preseason accolades when CollegeInsider.com named him to its Lou Henson Preseason Watch List.
Presented annually to the nation’s top Division I mid-major player, Moneke is the second Aggie to earn Watch List recognition. Before the start of the 2014-15 season, Corey Hawkins was included in a list of the nation’s most talented mid-major players when the media outlet unveiled its candidates that year.
Moneke’s playmaking abilities, and influence in UC Davis’ success last season, which included the program’s inaugural Big West Tournament Championship, first-ever victory and appearance in the NCAA Tournament, are key reasons why he earned a spot on this list, and the Lute Olson Watch List.
That honor is bestowed to the nation’s top Division I player.
In addition to ending last season with a successful league and NCAA postseason run, Moneke became the Big West Conference’s rebound champion thanks to his 9.5 per game average. That was one of nine categories that the Canberra, Australia, held the No. 1 figure among all league players, a list that also includes: 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).
He also averaged 14.6 points per game and shot .527 overall last year.
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 and the Riley Wallace Award, which is given to the nation’s top Division I transfer, following the Aggies’ historic 2016-17 season.
The Lou Henson Award selection will take place on March 31, 2018, at the CollegeInsider.com Awards event In San Antonio, Texas — site of this season’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
UC Davis, one of 15 public four-year colleges with high graduation rates leading to high incomes, will begin its 2017-18 season 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.
2017-18 LOU HENSON PRESEASON WATCH LIST
Chima Moneke - 6-6, Sr., UC Davis
Bryce Aiken - 6-0, So., Harvard
Ehab Amin - 6-4, Sr., Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Trae Bell-Haynes - 6-2, Sr., Vermont
Jarrell Brantley - 6-7, Jr., Charleston
Joshua Braun - 6-4, Sr., Grand Canyon
Bogdan Bliznyuk - 6-6, Sr., Eastern Washington
Joe Chealey - 6-4, Sr., Charleston
Chris Clemons - 5-9, Jr., Campbell
Xavier Cooks - 6-8, Sr. ,Winthrop
Mike Daum - 6-9, Jr., South Dakota State
Dikembe Dixson - 6-7, So., UIC
Nana Foulland - 6-9, Sr., Bucknell
Brandon Goodwin - 6-2, Sr., FGCU
Tyler Hall - 6-4, Jr., Montana State
Jalen Hayes - 6-7, Sr., Oakland
Kevin Hervey - 6-9, Sr., UT Arlington
Ria’n Holland - 6-0, Sr., Mercer
Jordan Howard - 5-11, Sr., Central Arkansas
Alzie Johnson - 6-9, Sr., Missouri State
Tiwian Kendley - 6-5, Sr., Morgan State
John Konchar - 6-5, Jr., Fort Wayne
Anthony Lamb - 6-6, So., Vermont
Jock Landale - 6-11, Jr., Saint Mary's
Austin Luke - 6-3, Sr., Belmont
Jairus Lyles - 6-2, Sr., UMBC
Fletcher Magee - 6-4, Jr., Wofford
Makai Mason - 6-1, Sr., Yale
Garrison Mathews - 6-5, Jr., Lipscomb
Nick Mayo - 6-9, Jr., Eastern Kentucky
Drew McDonald - 6-7, Jr., Northern Kentucky
Matt Mooney - 6-3, Jr., South Dakota
Cameron Morse - 6-3, Sr., Youngstown State
Tyler Nelson - 6-3, Sr., Fairfield
David Nicholls - 6-0, Jr., Albany
Kahron Ross - 5-11, Sr., Lehigh
Victor Sanders - 6-5, Sr., Idaho
Jaelan Sanford - 6-4, Jr., Toledo
Devin Sibley - 6-2, Sr., Furman
D'Marcus Simmonds - 6-3, Sr., Georgia State
Ike Smith - 6-4, Jr., Georgia Southern
Jonathan Stark - 6-0, Sr., Murray State
Myles Stephens - 6-5, Jr., Princeton
MaCio Teague - 6-3, So., UNC Asheville
Ahmad Thomas - 6-3, Sr., UNC Asheville
Jordon Varnado - 6-6, Jr., Troy
Jaylin Walker - 6-1, Jr., Kent State
Wyatt Walker - 6-9, Jr., Samford
Bryce Washington - 6-6, Sr., Louisiana
Thomas Wilder - 6-3, Sr., Western Michigan
Justin W.-Foreman - 6-1, Jr., Hofstra
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