Top 10 rebounders in this class?
I'm asking, not telling.
Noel, Bennett, Adams, Roberson, Mitchell, Dieng, Bazz, Franklin, KCP and Livio JC
Technically, not in average
You think Plumlee will be a good rebounder? I've heard that Duke's high level of 3 point shots limited his offensive rebounds, but he also played 34 mpg.
Trevor Mbakwe has got to be on that list somewhere. He led the Big 10 in rebounding his junior year, pre injury. I am not sure where he placed this year, but he seemed to be getting his explosiveness back as the season went along.
Saric is one of best rebounders without question
The best rebounder in the class without question is Richard Howell from NC State might not get drafted but has the game of a NBA enforcer that could plau for many years despite his size limitations
Great post. Howell is not on anyone's radar, but he can board against anyone...anyone. Like his game and think he will find a spot on an NBA roster. He's not a super athlete or super long, so no one has him rated, but he plays hard and thinks every rebound is his, which is the key to rebounding.
Mike Muscala, Richard Howell, Andre Roberson, Mason Plumlee, Gorqui Dieng, Colton Iverson, Nerlens Noel, Jamaal Franklin, Jackie Carmichael, Trevor Mbakwe.
Good list, I'd add Arsalan Kazemi to that list.
Noel averaged 9.6. I know that. I also live in central kentucky and have the pleasure to watch almost every UK game. Noel is not a natural rebounder. When a shot hits the rim it's as if he's literally guessing where the ball will go even after it hits. If you've ever played basketball rebounding is something that borders on the natural; either you've got it or you don't. He's got 6'11 with athleticism, not rebounding skills.
Jamal Franklin is the best rebounding non-forward in the class
How's Grobert's rebounding? I noticed guys like Grobert and Noel rely on their length for the boards, not much boxing out...it's hard to box out when you're that skinny.
It's Trevor Mbakwe. He led the big ten in rebounding both full years he played at Minnesota. This past year he was being eased back into the starting lineup at the beginning of the year, due to the fact he was coming off of tearing his acl. He also was playing the 5 most of the time he was on the court this season, so he was constantly rebounding against guys taller than him. His 13.9 RB/40 are second to Muscala for players in the top 100 in rebounding. And I think it's safe to say it's tougher to rebound in the Big Ten than the Patriot league. He was 39th in defensive reb pct and 14th in offensive rebound pct in the country. I couldn't find anyone who was as consistent as Mbakwe rebounding on both ends of the floor. He's the strongest player in the draft. Has a 7'4 wingspan and has the biggest hands in the draft. That coupled with his high motor will make him a good rebounder coming off of the bench.
I see a lot of what you see in Mbakwe. He played on one leg the first half of the season, and only looked "healthy" at the end. Even then, he was probably only 90 percent.
On a team with uber-athlete, Rodney Williams, it was Mbakwe who did the grunt work and scooped up all the boards.
The team that drafts Mbakwe, probably in the early second, will have a guy that will play like Kenneth Faried, and who wouldn't want one of those, especially in the second round. Mbakwe is never going to score much, as even a free throw is a bit of an adventure, but he will go hard all the time, and bring a nice intensity to practices as well.
Whether he is the absolute best rebounder in this draft, who knows. He is certainly ONE OF the better rebounders, and someone who seems to enjoy playing defense.