Chima Moneke named Basketball Champions League MVP

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Chima Moneke grabbed the ultimate MVP of the Season award while his coach Pedro Martinez got honored as well and Giordano Bortolani convincingly got the Best Young Player recognition

By Eurohoops team/

The 2021-22 Basketball Champions League has seen many players step up and grab the spotlight but only a number of them end up being honored at the award ceremony during the Final Four.

This time around, the ultimate prize, the MVP of the Season, went to Chima Moneke of BAXI Manresa. The Nigerian became the first non-American player to win the award over the past six years.

Moneke has been averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists this season and he delivered a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double in the semifinals against MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.

He has also been averaging 1.3 steals, a PIR of 15.3 and shooting 57.1% from the field. Moneke had a huge impact on Manresa’s season, especially in BCL down the stretch.

A spot on the Star Lineup naturally goes to the MVP but aside from Moneke, the remaining members are Joe Ragland, Jonah Radebaugh, Chris Johnson, and Giorgi Shermadini.

BCL also chooses the Star Lineup Second Team and the following players earned a spot on it: Marcelinho Huertas, Joe Thomasson, Ivan Buva, Elijah Stewart, and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell. Each and every one of them had an impressive and impactful season, and they weren’t too far away from a place on the Star Lineup First Team.

Meanwhile, the award for the Best Young Player was handed to Giordano Bortolani and the deadliest three-point shooter in the competition has definitely earned it.

Manresa gave one player to the Star Lineup and one player to the Second Team but the Spanish club has also been led by the Coach of the Season – Pedro Martinez. And it’s official.

The coach led Manresa to the Final for the first time in club history. They were 5-1 in the regular season and 4-2 in the Round of 16, finishing both stages as the top team in the group. Manresa has also been strong in the Spanish Liga Endesa with a 19-13 record.