Chima Moneke, from Pro B to the NBA!

Photo credit: Gérard Héloïse

Chima Moneke, Manresa player this season in Spain, should leave the club to join the NBA with the Sacramento Kings.

This is worthy of the most beautiful stories of the European basket: Chima Moneke (1.98 m, 26 years old) will leave Manresa to sign a two-year contract in the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings.

Chima Moneke with Quimper in February 2020 (photo: Sébastien Grasset)

Released from UC Davis (United States) four years ago, the Australian-Nigerian has made his way after his non-Draft. In 2018, the player arrived in Rouen to make his European debut for his first experience across the Atlantic. Not everything went as planned in Normandy and he was dropped by the club after only 3 games at the start of the year. He found a base in another Pro B club, Denain, where he found his place before continuing on his return the following season in Quimper (15.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1, 7 assists and 1.2 interceptions for 18.7 evaluation), still in Pro B, then in Orleans, this time in Betclic ELITE, in 2020-2021.

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This season with Manresa alongside Sylvain Francisco and Ismaël Bako, the interior has not stopped proving his worth by becoming MVP of the Champions League (BCL) and integrating the ideal five of the regular season of Liga Endesa. The consecration for him should be a signing in the NBA, at the Sacramento Kings. In California, Chima Moneke finds Mike Brown, Sacramento coach with whom he took part in the Tokyo Olympics with Nigeria last summer.

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July 16, 2022 at 12:38 PM

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