On the heels of its best season in the Division I era, the UC Davis men’s basketball program has signed four players to national letters of intent, including intriguing Australian forward Chima Moneke.
Moneke, Joe Schneider, Garrison Goode and Joe Mooney will join fall commits Lawrence White and Rogers Printup as the newest members of the defending Big West Conference regular-season champions. All are expected to arrive in Davis this summer to take classes and begin off-season workouts with their new teammates.
“This recruiting class has a common characteristic: They are all winners on the floor and in the classroom,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les in a news release. “With these additions, our roster is deep and talented, which will make for very competitive practices. We also felt strongly that the personalities of this group were a great fit for the team culture and environment that our returning players have created.”
Moneke, a community college transfer, is a 6-foot-6 forward and native of Nigeria who grew up in Canberra, Australia. He averaged 22 points and 18.1 rebounds in leading Lake Ginninderra College, a school for 11th- and 12th-graders, to a 30-2 record as a high school senior. After graduating at age 16, Moneke attended Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb., where he averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in helping his team to a 25-7 record as a senior.
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“I chose UC Davis because it was easily the best fit for me basketball-wise and academically,” Moneke said. “The coaching staff recruited me for the longest time and is confident about developing my game to reach the next level. I am excited to join a team that has great chemistry among its coaching staff and throughout the program.”
Les said Moneke is an explosive player who “dominates around the basket with his rebounding and scoring ability.”
Moneke also received offers from Oral Roberts, San Diego, Fresno State and Loyola Marymount.
Schneider is a 6-3 point guard and Kansas 5A Player of the Year. He helped Lansing High School go 25-0 and capture the state title while averaging 17 points and five assists as a senior. This past year was spent at the Air Force Academy Prep School.
Goode, a 6-8 forward, averaged 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds for Dominican High School of Whitefish Bay, Wisc., which posted a 24-3 record last season in winning the Division IV state title.
Mooney, a 6-3 guard, averaged 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for Notre Dame College Prep of Chicago, helping his team advance to the 4A state semifinals. He was all-state third team and East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year.
UCD set new school victory records with its 25 overall, 14 league, 14 home, 11 non-conference and 10 road wins.