College Basketball: Top 5 Double-Double Dudes in 2012-13
College basketball players who can consistently score double-digits are valuable.
CBB players who can pull down double-digits in rebounding are prized possessions.
Players who can do both on a regular basis are indispensable.
Here are the top five double-double dudes in college basketball for the 2012-13 season.
Gorgui Dieng: Louisville
Gorgui Dieng (ESPN.com) took major strides forward in his sophomore season and was a main feature of Louisville's 2012 Final Four team.
The 6'11" 235-pound center blocked a school record 128 shots, anchoring one of the best defenses in the country.
He averaged 9.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in 39 starts—with 11 double-doubles.
While he may still not score a truckload of points in 2012-13, Dieng will be one of the best rebounders in college basketball.
Cody Zeller: Indiana
(ESPN.com) may have only put up five double-doubles in 2011-12, but buckle your seat belts for his sophomore assault.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean reports (CBSSports.com) that Zeller is getting bigger and better.
Zeller will be one of the top players in the country in 2012-13, coming off of a freshman season where he averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The 6'11" 230-pound power forward shot 62.3 percent from the field, which was fourth in the nation and second all time at IU.
He was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and a First Team Freshman All-American.
Zeller's stat line may not be the most gaudy, but he will be a main reason why the Hoosiers could be playing for it all in Atlanta.
Trevor Mbakwe: Minnesota
(ESPN.com) returns for a sixth (yes, I said sixth) season after a torn ACL injury shut down his senior campaign.
Last year, in playing only seven games, Mbakwe averaged 14 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In 2010-11, the 6'8" 245-pound power forward put up 13.9 points and grabbed 10.5 rebounds per game (No. 1 in the Big Ten).
He is one of four Golden Gophers who have led the conference in rebounding (along with Mychal Thompson: 1975-76 & 1977-78; Richard Coffey: 1987-88; Kris Humphries: 2003-04).
Even though Mbakwe enters his "second senior season" having registered 23 career double-doubles, he could possibly double that amount in 2012-13.
Andre Roberson: Colorado
Colorado would not have had the success that they have experienced over the last two years without Andre Roberson (ESPN.com) doing his thing.
The 6'7" 210-pound forward has led the Buffs in rebounding in both of his first two seasons: 7.8 rpg as a freshman and 11.1 rpg as a sophomore, shattering Burdette Haldorson's 57-year-old single-season rebounding record at CU with 401 boards (dalilycamera.com).
Roberson ranked second in the nation—trailing only Kansas' Thomas Robinson, a consensus All-America selection—in defensive rebounding percentage (29.6, as calculated by Ken Pomeroy, kenpom.com), and fifth in the nation in rebounds per game average.
This past season, he also led the team in scoring (11.6 ppg).
When Roberson goes for at least 10 points and 10 rebounds, it's good news for Colorado. In his 25 double-doubles, CU is 20-5.
If Roberson leads the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament again this year, it will be the first time that CU has gone in consecutive seasons since 1962-63.
Mike Moser: UNLV
Even though Mike Moser's 15 double-doubles this past year ranked 21st in the country, he will be college basketball's best double-double dude in 2012-13.
The 6'8" 210-pound combo forward led UNLV in scoring and rebounding (14.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg) and was one of only two players in the Mountain West to average a double-double.
Moser's 369 total rebounds ranked fourth in Rebels' single-season history.
He scored in double figures 25 times, including five games with 20 or more points, and he had 10 or more rebounds in 21 games (grabbing 13 or more rebounds seven times).
Watch for UNLV to make a deep run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.