Nwachukwu Iheukwumere Chima Moneke (Abuja, Nigeria, 27 years old) is the power forward chosen by Baskonia for next season. He is a player who had been in Alfredo Salazar’s sights for some time but the competition, his desire to try out in the NBA and the economic circumstances prevented their landing in Vitoria last summer. She measures 1.98 and weighs 93 kgs. Monaco does not have him and his destination could be the Buesa Arena. He is a talented player and very physical, which is why he has always liked the capital of Alava.
His varsity teams were Northeast Community College and UC. Davies-Aggies of California. From there he made the professional leap to French Rouen Métropole Basket, Denain ASV Voltaire, Béliers de Quimper, Orleans Loiret Basket and Manresa, where he demonstrated exuberant basketball with tremendous physical power. At Bagès he was in 2021-22. He then went through the Sacramento Kings and Monaco, where he played in the Euroleague. In the NBA he barely played a role because on January 5, 2023 he was cut after playing just two games. He had signed a two-year contract in 2022.
In addition, he is international with the Nigerian team, with which he made his debut in 2020, playing three qualifying matches for Afrobasket. He was also shortlisted to play in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Although Moneke Born in Abuja, raised in Australia. It was in Canberra that he began to become fond of basketball and where he started playing at his school age. He appeared in the 2018 Draft but was not selected and that is why he decided to cross the pond and join a team in the Pro-B series in France. Until his arrival in Orleans he played in that category but then he made the leap.
The signings, for now, are Mannion and Rogkavopoulos. The confirmed casualties, Hommes, Enoch and Heidegger. Doubts, Kurucs and Giedraitis. By the way, the latter has decided not to play the World Cup with Lithuania due to personal reasons, quite the opposite of his compatriot Tadas Sedekerskis. This player did miss the Eurobasket last summer to focus on preparing for a new season with Baskonia. In mid-August all the players will be summoned to start the preseason. Logically, all their internationals will be absent.