Monte McNair’s busy offseason continued on Friday night when Fox 40’s Sean Cunningham reported that former UC Davis star Chima Moneke has signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings. Australian basketball reporter Michael Houben later reported that it was a 2-year, partially guaranteed contract.
Former UC Davis star Chima Moneke is signing with the Sacramento Kings, according to sources. The former Aggies star is very familiar with the organization, has been playing internationally for the past few years and will bring defense, athleticism and length to the Kings.
— Sean Cunningham (@SeanCunningham) July 15, 2022
Moneke’s connection to the area and organization doesn’t stop at UC Davis. Chima is also a member of the Nigerian National Team where Mike Brown, Jordi Fernandez and Luke Loucks have been coaching since February 2020.
Across 51 games in the Spanish ACB and BCL in 2021-22, Chima Moneke averaged 14.3 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. He shot 62% from the 2-point range, 30% from the 3-point range, and 73% from the foul line, according to basketnews.com.
The 26-year-old 6′ 6″ Nigerian-Australian forward also won MVP of the Basketball Champions League with BAXI Manresa last season.
Moneke’s story is one worth rooting for. From UC Davis to France to the Nigerian National Team, to Spain, all for a chance in the NBA – and now he’s getting one with the Kings. There is a need here for some forward depth and defense, so he’s got a shot to stick around and make a name for himself in the league.
Welcome to Sacramento, and best of luck to Chima Moneke!