Nnadubem Gabe Muoneke (1997-2000)
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One of the top power forwards in Texas history ... four-year starter ... finished his UT career ranked on several school career lists: tied for second in games played (124), sixth in rebounding (702), seventh in games started (104), ninth in blocks (62) and 12th in scoring (1,456 points) ... eighth player in school history to start 100 career games ... sixth player in school history to reach 700 career rebounds ... 12th player in school history to reach 1,400 career points.
As a Senior in 1999-00
Starting power forward ... second-team all-Big 12 choice by the media and coaches ... first-team NABC All-District 9 choice ... played in all 33 games, making 25 starts ... came off the bench for a six-game stint between Feb. 9 (Texas Tech) and Feb. 26 (Texas A&M) ... also took himself out of the starting lineup and came off the bench for UT's two NCAA tourney games ... ranked second on the team in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) ... also ranked third on the squad in assists (63) and blocks (19) and fifth in steals (30) ... led the team in scoring three times, rebounding six times, assists twice and blocked shots three times ... reached double figures in scoring 25 times ... had three 20-point games, five double-figure rebounding games and four double-doubles ... had 16 points, 12 boards and tied a career high with three blocks in the season opener vs. UL-Lafayette (Nov. 20) ... registered 29 points on 12-of-14 FG and 11 rebounds vs. Arizona State (Nov. 25) in the first round of the Puerto Rico Shootout ... went on to earn a spot on the 10-man all-Tournament team at the Shootout, averaging 17.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg during the three games ... recorded 12 points, nine boards and tied a career high with six assists in the win over Wofford (Dec. 18) ... posted 10 points, eight boards and six dishes at Texas A&M (Jan. 12) ... carried Texas to victory over Oklahoma (Jan. 15), posting 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting, five boards, three assists and one block ... earned his first career Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 17 for his performances against Connecticut, Texas A&M and Oklahoma, when he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while hitting 21-of-33 (.636) field goals ... had 12 points and tied a career high with 14 boards in the win over Nebraska (Jan. 25) ... registered 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and five rebounds to help Texas upset #8 Oklahoma State (Feb. 16) ... recorded 16 points and 10 boards in the win over Kansas (Feb. 28) ... had 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting while hitting a career-high 12-of-15 FTs at Kansas State (Mar. 4) ... posted 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting and seven boards in Big 12 tourney quarterfinal win over Colorado (Mar. 10) ... registered 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, three assists and three blocks in the NCAA First Round win over Indiana State (Mar. 16).
The Summer of 1999
One of 10 players, including transfer Maurice Evans, selected to play for a collegiate all-star team (One World Select, coached by Texas assistant Rob Lanier) in a tour of Greece this summer (June 11-20) ... averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while hitting 15-of-28 (.536) field goals for his team which won the Nea Moudania Tournament.
As a Junior in 1998-99
Starting power forward ... consensus first-team all-Big 12 selection ... second-team NABC all-District 9 choice ... played in 31 of 32 games ... led the team and ranked third in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg) ... also finished third in the conference in field goal percentage (.495) ... would have led the league in three-point field goal percentage (.510, 26-of-51), but did not meet the minimum requirement of 1.5 made per game ... tops on the squad in double-figure scoring games (29) and tied for the team-lead in 20-point games (nine, with Kris Clack) ... averaged a team-best 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in Big 12 play ... led Texas in scoring a team-high 13 times ... ranked second on the team in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and tied for third in blocks (15) ... finished 13th in the Big 12 in rebounding and tied for ninth in the league in offensive rebounds ... posted a career-high 30 points to go along with 10 rebounds in the home opener vs. South Florida (Nov. 21) ... dominated Georgia's Jumaine Jones in a matchup of two of the best power forwards in the nation ... posted a game-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals ... held Jones (who entered the game averaging 20.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg) to just three point and four boards ... earned a place on the five-man Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic all-Tournament team ... over the three-game tourney, he averaged 16.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while hitting 4-of-6 shots from three-point range ... gained his spot by virtue of his performance in UT's win over host Hawaii (Dec. 30) in the third-place game, registering a game-high 25 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals ... recorded 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the Big 12 opener at Colorado (Jan. 2) ... missed the Oklahoma State home game (Jan. 23) while serving a one-game suspension for his unsportsmanlike behavior in the loss at Kansas (Jan. 18) ... had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting in his return from the suspension to help Texas to its first win at Oklahoma since 1975 (Jan. 25) ... posted a game-high 22 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals to pace UT to a 73-68 victory at Oklahoma State (Feb. 14) ... iced the win at OSU by converting two free throws with 17 seconds remaining ... averaged 17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 5.5 apg in UT's two games during the Big 12 Tournament ... tied a career high with six assists in the quarterfinal win over Colorado (Mar. 5) ... became the 21st player in Texas history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with his 12-point effort in the NCAA first round loss to Purdue (Mar. 12).
As a Sophomore in 1997-98
Played in all 31 games with a team-high 30 starts ... averaged 10.4 points (fourth on team) and 5.7 rebounds (third on team) in 25.9 minutes per game ... saw his team-high streak of 35 consecutive starts snapped on Senior Day when Ira Clark received a starting nod in Clark's final home game ... finished second on the team in assists (68) and steals (32) ... tied for second on the team with 20 double-digit scoring games ... tied Kris Clack for second on the team with three double-digit rebound games ... led Texas in assists eight times ... posted a career-high 21 points and added seven boards vs. Houston ... had 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting and eight rebounds vs. Baylor ... also topped the 20-point mark at Georgia (20 points on 7-of-12 shooting) ... pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds vs. defending national champion Arizona ... scored 11 of his 13 points, including nine in the final 4:17, in the second half of UT's 81-80 Big Monday win at Texas A&M ... posted his lone double-double of the year and third of his career vs. Florida with 11 points and 10 rebounds ... second on the team with 27 dunks.
As a Freshman in 1996-97
Played in 29 games with 18 starts while establishing himself as a key contributor in the frontcourt ... averaged 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game ... shot 53.6% from the field (second-best on the squad) ... posted seven double-digit scoring games, the most by any UT frontcourt member on the year ... scored a season-high 20 points in his first career start vs. Rhode Island ... scored 14 of his points in the second half as UT rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Rams 86-79 ... named the Big 12's first Rookie of the Week for his effort ... added 17 points (15 in the second half) and 10 rebounds vs. North Texas ... hit all five of his shots from the field in scoring 10 points at Providence on New Year's Eve ... hit 6-of-7 from the field on his way to 14 points at Baylor ... converted 5-of-7 shots from the floor for 11 points vs. Texas Tech ... was once again perfect from the field (6-of-6) with 14 points and seven rebounds in UT's key 57-56 home win over #7 Iowa State ... had his top game in the season finale vs. #25 Louisville in the NCAA Sweet 16 game, posting 19 points (8-of-12 from the field), a season-high 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals ... earned honorable mention Big 12 all-Academic Team accolades ... also earned a UT Athletics Director Award for having a GPA of 3.0 or above in the fall.
Cypress Falls High School in suburban Houston, Texas (head coach Jim Draudt) ... earned first-team class 5A all-state honors from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches ... led greater Houston area 5A schools in both scoring (25.0 ppg.) and rebounding (12.3 rpg.) ... was the model of consistency, registering a double-double in all 34 games for 30-4 district champion Cypress Falls ... helped lead Cy Falls to the class 5A Region II quarterfinals ... topped the 30-point mark 11 times ... shot 67% from the field, 62% from the free throw line and 30% from the three-point arc ... scored a career-high 39 points vs. Houston McCullough as a senior ... added a 24-rebound game vs. Sugar Land Elkins in his senior campaign ... nearly doubled his 13.5 ppg. scoring average from his junior to senior season ... set a school record with 29 boards vs. Jersey Village as a junior...averaged 13.5 points and 9.7 rebounds in earning all-district honors as a junior ... scored 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the North to a 127-95 win over the South in the Texas High School Coaches Association McDonald's all-Star Game played at Houston's Hofheinz Pavilion on July 29 ... hit all seven of his shots from the field in scoring 15 points in the third quarter as the North extended its 52-41 halftime lead to 30 points (93-63) ... was named North MVP for his effort ... is just the seventh Longhorn to earn MVP honors in the 51-year history of the THSCA all-star game ... the North's 127 points was the second-highest team total in the history of the all-star game.
Full name is Nnadubem Gabriel Enyinaya Muoneke. Nnadubem means "God guide me," Gabriel was Muoneke's grandfather's name, Enyinaya means "father's friend" and Muoneke means "spirit that creates" ... son of Nik (father) and Njideka (mother) Muoneke ... is the second of five children ... born on February 7, 1978 in Ann Arbor, Michigan while his father was completing a degree at the University of Michigan ... moved to Texas with his family at age three ... Nik, who came to the United States to study at age 28, is currently a professor of mathematics at Prairie View ... Gabe's mother, Njideka, is a medical technologist ... spent two months in the summer prior to his sophomore season visiting relatives in Nigeria ... enjoys drawing in his spare time ... majoring in petroleum engineering ... spent portions of his first two summers in college working for Baker-Hughes Intech in Houston as a mud-motor mechanic.