NBA Draft 2011: Kenneth Faried and the 10 Best Rebounders Available
Now that the 2011 college basketball season is over, let's take a look at some of the best players in the draft at rebounding.
Although some of these players are not big names, they were the best at rebounding all season long.
It is obvious that Kenneth Faried is the best rebounder in all of college basketball, but some of these other guys make a pretty good case as well.
Here are the top 10 rebounders entering the NBA draft.
10. Rick Jackson, Syracuse
Rick Jackson really improved over the course of the year. He also developed into a monster on the boards averaging 10.3 RPG.
Even more impressively, Jackson led the entire Big East in rebounds. This is a great feat for anyone, and Jackson has proved that he is one of the best rebounders in the NBA draft.
9. Jordan Williams, Maryland
Jordan Williams managed to average 11.8 RPG in his sophomore year.
Williams is a very strong player, which helps him out tremendously on both sides of the court when it comes to rebounding.
Although Williams is projected to be drafted in the second round, and might possibly not be drafted at all, he is one of the best rebounders in the draft. Whether he goes to the NBA or back to Maryland, he will prove this even more.
8. Lucas Nogueira, Brazil
The 6'11" center from Brazil is an absolute rebounding machine.
Nogueira has great leaping ability, which goes hand-in-hand with his size.
In the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Lucas dominated. He recorded 27 blocks during the tournament and you can only imagine how he dominated on the boards.
Against Team USA, he recorded 14 rebounds.
7. Patric Young, Florida
The biggest issue with Patric Young is the fact that he did not get enough playing time at Florida. With more playing time, Young could have very easily been the best rebounder at Florida, and possibly in the SEC.
Young has an NBA body and great athleticism. He is an excellent rebounder and, although he did not get to show off all of his talent at Florida, he will show the world how good of a rebounder he is at the next level.
6. Markieff Morris, Kansas
Although Marcus Morris is the more talented out of the Morris twins, Markieff is a better rebounder.
The 6'10" forward has great leaping ability that helps him a lot with rebounding. Markieff averaged 8.3 rebounds per game this year.
5. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania
Valanciunas has great size at 6'10", which goes along nicely with his rebounding skills.
Valanciunas makes a living in the paint blocking shots and getting rebounds.
He is one of the most highly rated international players going into the NBA draft.
4. Bismack Biyombo, Spain
Bismack Biyombo is a freak on the boards. He is 6'9", but his wingspan is 7'7".
Biyombo has great leaping ability, so you can only imagine how well that matches up with his size.
In the FIBA Americas U18 Championship against Team USA, Biyombo had 11 rebounds in just 28 minutes.
3. Enes Kanter, Kentucky/Turkey
Enes Kanter is a very tough and physical player. At 6'10", Kanter is one of the top prospects in the NBA draft and he did not even play one minute for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kanter loves to draw contact when going to the rim, which proves his tough playing style. One of Kanter's best attributes is he is a really good rebounder. He is a nightmare for opponents under the rim to say the least.
2. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Kawhi Leonard proved to be one of the best rebounders in all of college basketball in just two years at San Diego State. He averaged 10.6 RPG in his sophomore year.
Leonard has pretty good height at 6'7", but what makes him such a good rebounder is the fact that he is an explosive leaper and has extremely long arms.
1. Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
Kenneth Faried is by far the best rebounder in the country and possibly one of the best rebounders of all time in college basketball. He averaged 14.5 RPG this year.
There were only four games this year where Faried had less than 10 rebounds.
Not to mention, Faried has the most rebounds in NCAA history with 1,673 rebounds. To say the least, Kenneth Faried is the best rebounder in the NBA draft.
He may only be 6'8", but he rebounds like he is seven-footer.