Australian-born Nigerian Moneke makes waves in U.S.

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An Australian-born Nigerian Moneke Chima Moneke, a rising Basketball star is currently making waves in the U.S., the has gathered.

The boy with a height of 6-6 and weighing 223 is recording back-to-back double-doubles in games at Seattle U and at home against Utah Valley.

Moneke earned his inaugural Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award when conference officials announced its selection last Monday.

In addition to shooting 56 per cent from the floor, the junior forward averaged 17 points and a team-high 12 rebounds per game.

Moneke’s, UC Davis was the only team to record a perfect 2-0 record last week.

At Seattle U, the Canberra, Australia, native recorded his third 20 and 10 game of the season by finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds, both game highs.

Moneke is of Nigerian parents, who have since retired from the Nigerian Foreign Service.

“By sinking three free throws late in the game, Moneke turned his team’s lead into a three-possession advantage with 28 seconds remaining, which ultimately led to the Aggies snapping their four-game slide against the Red Hawks.

“Three days later on New Year’s Eve, Moneke became the 4th Aggie in the programme’s Division I history to record double-doubles in consecutive games when he finished with 12 rebounds and 12 points in UC Davis’ third straight victory against Utah Valley”.

Other Aggies who accomplished this rare feat include standouts Joe Harden, Mark Payne and J.T. Adenrele.

Entering UC Davis’ Big West opener, Moneke, the league’s top rebounder with his 8.3 per game average, also holds conference-high totals in another five categories:

“He made field goals (84), free throws made (55), defensive rebounds (92), total rebounds (124) and blocks (18).

Moneke also leads all Big West players with five double-doubles — a total that ranks him No. 44 in the nation.

Among all Division I players, his field goal percentage (No. 48, .560), rebound total (No. 54) and defensive rebounds per game average (No. 69, 6.13) are among the top figures in the NCAA.

With an entire slate of conference games still remaining, Moneke has an opportunity to match or set a new D-I single-season record currently held by Harden, who collected seven double-doubles throughout the 2009-10 season. ##


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