Predicting the Top Double-Double Machines in the 2015-16 NCAA Basketball Season

Kerry Miller@@kerrancejamesCollege Basketball National AnalystJune 5, 2015

Predicting the Top Double-Double Machines in the 2015-16 NCAA Basketball Season

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    The stat so nice they named it twice, the 2015-16 college basketball season will be loaded with big men (and a couple of guards) who are capable of racking up a ton of double-doubles.

    Truth be told, fans should be hoping their team isn't represented on this list. Of the 14 players who recorded at least 17 double-doubles last season, Baylor power foward Rico Gathers was the only one who played for a team that made the NCAA tournament.

    That's because, for the most part, double-double machines in college basketball are players who make the best of a bad situation.

    Sure, they'll score 15 points and grab 10 rebounds per game, but oftentimes it's only because no one else on the team is willing or able to help reach the 65 points and 33 rebounds necessary to be even remotely competitive. It's a Catch-22 because teams need more than one good rebounder to excel, but it's pretty tough to average 10 rebounds per game when also competing with teammates for loose balls.

    But we don't care about team success today. This one is all about individual achievement, which players like Jameel Warney, Shawn Long and Egidijus Mockevicius figure to experience often this season.

    Players are ranked in ascending order of expected double-doubles. Players near the bottom of the list could be headed for 15, but the top dogs might tally as many as 25.

Honorable Mentions

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    As if 20 nominees to record at least a dozen double-doubles isn't enough, here are six other players who figure to put up some big numbers this year.

    Jakob Poeltl, Utah
    9.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG

    Love the big man, but he only recorded three double-doubles last season. And those all came in the first month of the season. He should play more minutes and play a bigger role without Delon Wright around to carry this team, but we're hesitant to declare him a double-double machine.

    Anthony Livingston, Arkansas State
    15.9 PPG, 10.0 RPG

    It's hard to resist anyone who averaged a double-double last year, but the power forward averaged 35.8 minutes per game and led the team in percentage of possessions used. It's hard to see his role increasing at all, and it's even harder to see Arkansas State playing enough games for Livingston to contend for the national lead here.

    Anton Grady, Wichita State
    14.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG

    He should play a massive role with his new team, and he really exploded in the second half of the season for Cleveland State. But you just never know how well a transfer will fit in his new home. Grady can thank Anthony Lee for not ranking in the top 20. Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for Temple before completely disappearing at Ohio Stateeven though the Buckeyes desperately could have used another big man.

    James Webb, Boise State
    11.2 PPG, 8.0 RPG

    Webb could be headed for a monster season on an undersized roster, but a heavy reliance on three-point shots is too much of a turnoff in a category that demands consistent production.

    Diamond Stone, Maryland

    One of the best incoming centers in the nation, but having to contend with Damonte Dodd and Robert Carter for rebounds will keep him from recording many double-doubles.

    Josh Scott, Colorado
    14.5 PPG, 8.6 RPG

    Scott only record eight double-doubles in 26 games last year, but he's a very efficient player who should see a drastically increased role with Askia Booker gone.

20. Charles Mitchell, Georgia Tech

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    Per Game: 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 17.7 points, 12.7 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 7

    While everyone obsessed over Kentucky's platoon system, Brian Gregory did some platooning of his own with Georgia Tech's frontcourt.

    Charles Mitchell, Demarco Cox, Robert Sampson and Quinton Stephens pretty evenly split the 80 minutes per game allotted to the power forward and center positions. Cox got some preferential treatment toward the end of the season, but all four guys averaged between 18.9 and 26.6 minutes per game.

    Fortunately for Mitchell, Cox and Sampson both graduated. The Yellow Jackets did add James White from Arkansas-Little Rock, but splitting minutes three ways is much better than four ways.

    While averaging just 22.1 minutes per game, Mitchell led the team in rebounds and ranked second in scoring. Frankly, it's a conundrum that he didn't get substantially more playing time last season.

    If he can remain as efficient while getting an uptick in minutes, he'll be headed for a good number of double-doubles.

19. Joel Bolomboy, Weber State

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    Per Game: 13.3 points, 10.2 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 16.0 points, 12.3 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 13

    The first of a handful of players who also made last year's list, Joel Bolomboy has been a rebounding machine over the past two seasons at Weber State.

    The concern with him heading into last season, however, was his ability to score. Bolomboy averaged just 8.7 points per game as a sophomore, despite playing more than 30 minutes per night.

    He increased that rate to 13.3 points per game this past season.

    Part of that is because he developed enough of a three-point stroke to make opponents respect ithe shot 15-of-41 beyond the arc after attempting just one shot in his first two seasons. Most of it, though, was because he took 22.3 percent of the team's shots while on the floor as opposed to 15.6 the previous year, according to His playing time also increased by more than three minutes per night.

    Toss in the graduation of James Hajekthe only other player on the roster taller than 6'7" who scored a point last seasonand it's pretty hard not to like Bolomboy's chances of recording at least a baker's dozen double-doubles once again.

18. Kris Dunn, Providence

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    Per Game: 15.6 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 18.3 points, 8.8 assists, 6.4 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 7

    Were this a list of the top triple-double machines, Kris Dunn would be in a battle for No. 1 with BYU's Kyle Collinsworth. He only recorded one last year, but he came fairly close to a few others.

    However, he didn't record very many double-doubles. Despite averaging 7.5 assists per game, he only posted double figures in dimes seven times. That rate will probably only get worse with LaDontae Henton, Tyler Harris, Carson Desrosiers and Paschal Chukwu all out of the picture due to graduation or transfer.

    On the flip side of that coin, his rebounding rate should skyrocket. Ben Bentil is the only other returning Friar who averaged at least 1.7 rebounds per game last season. Unless something changes in the next few months, Bentil will also be the tallest player on the roster at 6'8".

    Long story short, it's the Dunn Show in Providence. If you thought Kemba Walker did everything for Connecticut more than four years agohold up, Kemba Walker has already played four seasons in the NBA?just wait until you see some of the outrageous box scores that Dunn will post this year. A season line of 21.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists is absolutely in play and should result in quite a few double-doubles.

17. AJ West, Nevada

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    Per Game: 12.1 points, 11.0 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 16.6 points, 15.2 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 14

    We couldn't very well omit the best offensive rebounder in the country, could we? Because as long as he's playing for Nevadathe team with the third-worst effective field-goal percentage in the nation in 2014-15there will always be offensive rebounds to corral.

    AJ West recorded at least 10 offensive rebounds six separate times last year. He was an animal on the glass for a squad that desperately needed someone to clean up its messes.

    And yet, West wasn't much of a scorer.

    One would think that a player with 178 offensive rebounds would finish the season with more than 125 made field goals, but that wasn't the case. Despite attempting nothing but two-point field goals, West shot 49.2 percent from the field and averaged just 8.5 field-goal attempts per game. He failed to score more than 18 points in a game last year.

    Though it only takes 10 points to qualify for a double-double, we prefer guys who have shown an ability to explode for a 25 and 15 type of game as opposed to players who eke out just enough points to reach the plateau.

16. Skal Labissiere, Kentucky

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    Per Game: N/A (Freshman)

    Per 40 Minutes: N/A (Freshman)

    Double-Doubles: N/A (Freshman)

    Skal Labissiere is the first of three freshmen on the list.

    Considering there were 42 players who recorded at least 12 double-doubles last year and UCLA's Kevon Looney was the only freshman of the bunch, we're probably being a bit too generous in putting this many first-year players on watch. By and large, freshmen play fairly limited minutes and don't really hit their stride until the latter half of the season.

    However, we feel all three of these newbies will be in the perfect position for major minutes and statistics.

    In Labissiere's case, Alex Poythress (6'8"), Marcus Lee (6'9") and Derek Willis (6'9") are the only other players left on the roster taller than 6'6". John Calipari will figure something out when Labissiere needs a break, but this isn't going to be like last November/December in which top Wildcats were barely playing 25 minutes per game. Labissiere is the primary center and will play the type of minutes that one of the best big men in the nation deserves.

    His situation will be similar to Jahlil Okafor's last year at Duke. The Blue Devils had Okafor, Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee in the frontcourt. That's it. By late January, 6'6" Justise Winslow was the primary 4 and Okafor was playing as many minutes as possible.

    He won't be quite the once-in-a-decade talent that Okafor is, but assuming Labissiere can stay out of foul trouble, he should be good for at least 30 minutes per game and quite a few double-doubles.

15. Devin Thomas, Wake Forest

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    Per Game: 12.0 points, 8.8 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 17.7 points, 13.0 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 12

    With Devin Thomas, the big question is whether he'll play enough minutes to record a double-double. He played at least 24 minutes 24 times last year and hit the 10-and-10 plateaus in 12 of those games. Three times he missed the mark by just one point or rebound. Outside of a scoreless dud in the loss to Delaware State, Thomas was a reliable source of big numbers when he played enough minutes.

    But there were also eight games in which he played 20 minutes or fewer. A few of those were due to foul trouble, but occasionally he just didn't show up to play and found himself riding the bench for long stretches of the game.

    Thomas' athletic ability is undeniable, but so is his inconsistency. He'll inevitably have a couple of poor showings throughout the course of the season.

    Still, he should be a double-double machine thanks in large part to the graduation of Darius Leonard and Aaron Rountree's decision to transfer. They were his primary competition for minutes last season, so Thomas should have little trouble logging 25-30 minutes in each game this year.

    If that's the case, he could put up All-ACC types of numbers.

14. Cinmeon Bowers, Auburn

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    Per Game: 12.1 points, 9.6 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 16.1 points, 12.7 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 14

    JUCO transfer Cinmeon Bowers really hit the ground running last year for Bruce Pearl. Through four games, he was averaging 16.5 points and 14.3 rebounds per game while batting 1.000 in the double-double department.

    By early February, he had recorded 14 double-doubles in Auburn's first 23 games, putting him well on pace to finish the season with 20.

    Unfortunately, he limped to the finish line. In Auburn's final 12 games, he failed to record a single double-double.

    Was he nursing an injury? Did he simply run out of gas?

    Whatever the case, that poor finish in conjunction with his season-ending suspension due to a "potential rules violation" is enough of a red flag to keep Bowers from ranking any higher on the list. If he can play a full year the way he played the first three months of the 2014-15 season, though, he could lead the nation in double-doubles.

13. Ben Simmons, LSU

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    Per Game: N/A (Freshman)

    Per 40 Minutes: N/A (Freshman)

    Double-Doubles: N/A (Freshman)

    If Jarell Martin or Jordan Mickey had stayed for another year, this would be a very different story. In fact, both of those forwards would probably rank in our top 20 and Ben Simmons wouldn't even be an honorable mention.

    Instead, the 6'8" freshman forward is going to be the primary piece in LSU's frontcourt, racking up double-doubles on the regular.

    If not Simmons, who then? The remaining four players on the roster taller than 6'6" combined for 380 minutes, 49 points and 74 rebounds last season. Considering Duke's Marshall Plumlee tallied 375 minutes, 87 points and 92 rebounds while barely seeing the floor, we're not exactly enamored with LSU's other options.

    Darcy Malone will likely start at center with Simmons playing 30-plus minutes per game at power forward. He might not lead the team in points, but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which Simmons isn't the top rebounder for the Tigers on a nightly basis.

    It almost seems inevitable that he'll record at least 15 double-doubles because of his immense talent and the lack of competition on the roster.

12. Kyle Collinsworth, Brigham Young

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    Per Game: 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists

    Per 40 Minutes: 17.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 7.7 assists

    Double-Doubles: 14

    Considering he recorded six triple-doubles last season, it's kind of surprising that Kyle Collinsworth only ended up with 14 double-doubles.

    Apparently, it was go big or go home.

    But as was the case with Kris Dunn earlier, we're expecting Collinsworth to go bigger than ever with so much of last year's supporting cast out of the picture. Losing scoring machines like Tyler Haws, Anson Winder and Skyler Halford will inevitably result in fewer assists per game, but it should also lead to more points and rebounds as he figures to lead the Cougars in both categories.

    BYU fans will likely correct me on a player either leaving for or returning from an LDS mission, but a rough estimate of the team's starting five for next season consists of Nick Emery at point guard, Chase Fischer at shooting guard, Kyle Davis at power forward, Corbin Kaufusi at center and Collinsworth at all of the above. Collinsworth's help isn't nearly as razor-thin as Dunn's, but there's little doubt that he is the team's primary everything except for three-point shootingwhich is Fischer's job.

    He'll probably still get a triple-double or two, but he'll also probably get more points-rebounds double-doubles than he did last season. Depending on how much of a postseason the Cougars have, he could flirt with 20.

11. Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech

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    Per Game: 13.0 points, 9.5 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 19.1 points, 14.0 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 18

    At a more noteworthy school, Charles Jackson would probably be a household name.

    The 6'10" JUCO transfer didn't need any sort of adjustment period upon arriving at the D-I level. Jackson recorded a double-double in eight of his first nine games last season.

    Tennessee Tech did play more games against non-D-I schools than it did against KenPom Top 150 teams during that stretch, but it's not like the Golden Eagles are going to suddenly play a rigorous schedule this season. Jackson will continue to hone his craft against a similar level of competition that had little hope of slowing him down in 2014-15.

    As was the case with Wake Forest's Devin Thomas, playing time is the biggest concern here.

    His per-40 numbers are ridiculous, but Jackson averaged just 27.2 minutes per game last season. Far too often, that was because of foul trouble. He committed at least four fouls in 16 of 30 games. He improved his foul rate as the season progressed, but if he was having difficulty with the officials last year, it's only going to get worse with the increased emphasis on ticky-tack fouls this season.

    When he's able to stay in games, though, he's just about the most unstoppable force the Ohio Valley has to offer.

10. Chris Horton, Austin Peay

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    Per Game: 13.1 points, 11.1 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 15.2 points, 12.9 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 15

    If Charles Jackson isn't the Ohio Valley's most unstoppable force, it's only because the honor actually belongs to Chris Horton.

    Jackson is the bigger of the two and got the better of Horton in their sole head-to-head battle last season. However, Horton plays an exorbitant amount of minutes and is the closest thing the Governors have to a reliable big man.

    As you can probably surmise from the above photo, Horton doesn't often get mistaken for Shaquille O'Neal. The senior has been listed at 6'8" and 195 pounds since his freshman year, and both of those numbers might be a bit generous. But that thin frame didn't stop him from leading the team in points, rebounds, blocks and steals last season.

    That's largely because Austin Peay doesn't have a Plan B at center. A lite, less assertive version of the player that Alan Williams was for UC Santa Barbara over the past four years, Horton is all the Governors have. He had more than twice as many rebounds as anyone else on the roster. He blocked 70 shots last season. The rest of the team blocked 54.

    Because of that, he averaged 34.5 minutes per game last season and figures to do the same this year. There's a less than slim chance that Austin Peay has any sort of postseason coming its way this March, so if Horton is going to get to 20 double-doubles, he'll need to record two for every three games played. 

9. Ivan Rabb, California

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    Per Game: N/A (Freshman)

    Per 40 Minutes: N/A (Freshman)

    Double-Doubles: N/A (Freshman)

    Ivan Rabb is the third and final freshman on the list. And if he does record enough double-doubles to rank ninth in the nation in the category, say hello to your No. 1 seed in the West Region.

    The Golden Bears are fraught with talented players 6'7" or shorter. Tyrone Wallace (6'5"), Jordan Mathews (6'3") and Jabari Bird (6'6") figure to make up the starting backcourt. Jaylen Brown (6'7") is all but guaranteed to start at the 4. Tyson Jolly (6'4"), Sam Singer (6'4") and Roger Moute a Bidias (6'6") will be serviceable backups for all of the above.

    Go above that 6'7" threshold, though, and all you've got are Rabb (6'10") and a pair of centers in Kameron Rooks (7'0") and Kingsley Okoroh (7'1") who have combined for nearly as many personal fouls (90) as points scored (93) in their collegiate careers.

    Rabb has been rated as the seventh-best incoming player in the nation by 247Sports, so big things are obviously expected from him. Based on the roster construction, he will be California's top option for rebounds and interior points. At that point, the only question is whether he'll be strong enough to consistently record double-doubles over the course of the Pac-12 season.

    Going up against the likes of Tony Parker, Kaleb Tarczewski, Jakob Poeltl, Josh Hawkinson, Jordan Bell, Josh Scott and so on and so forth will be no walk in the park. Rabb has a very good A-game, but he'll need to bring it every night for Cal to be as good as advertised.

8. Angel Delgado, Seton Hall

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    Per Game: 9.3 points, 9.8 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 13.2 points, 14.0 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 10

    One of the best quotes from the 2014-15 season came courtesy of Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard.

    After a loss to DePaul in which Angel Delgado had 19 points and 19 rebounds, Willard told Maria Guardado of, "As he gets older and understands defensive positioning, I think he can be an even better rebounder. He's still just a puppy. He had 19 rebounds, he can get 25 rebounds. That's how good of a player he can be."

    If you watched him play last year, that's what we saw from Delgado in a nut shell. He looked like a puppy in the dog park that wasn't yet as coordinated as the other dogs, but managed to run laps around them while occasionally tripping over his own feet. There was just so much raw skill and athleticism that it's hard not to be excited to watch him develop over the next couple of years.

    With everything that Seton Hall lost, though, there's no more time for slow development. With Brandon Mobley and Sterling Gibbs out of the picture, Delgado absolutely has to play second fiddle to Isaiah Whitehead this season.

    Delgado played just 28.2 minutes per game last season, but expect that to increase to at least 31 minutes as he also becomes a much bigger piece of the offensive puzzle. He averaged one field-goal attempt for every four minutes on the court last year, but that rate should also increase considerably, leading to substantially more double-doubles than he tallied as a freshman.

7. Justin Moss, Buffalo

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    Per Game: 17.5 points, 9.2 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 23.4 points, 12.2 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 15

    If it wasn't already the Justin Moss Show in Buffalo, it certainly is now.

    He led the team in points and rebounds last season, but between Shannon Evans following Bobby Hurley to Arizona State and Xavier Ford and Will Regan graduating, Moss is going to have even more of a load to shoulder this season.

    As a result of those departures, three-point specialist Jarryn Skeete is the second-best returning scorer at 9.1 points per game and 6'5" Rodell Wigginton is the second-best returning rebounder with 4.3 per game. And let's just say Buffalo isn't exactly brimming with highly rated recruits.

    Basically, it's going to be "Moss or Loss" for the Bulls. Anytime he doesn't put up at least 20 and 10, they'll be struggling to cobble together a win, regardless of the opponent.

    Fortunately, he's fully capable of posting those numbers on a semi-regular basis. You simply don't drop 14 and 12 on Wisconsin without the skill to set the MAC world on fire.

6. Shevon Thompson, George Mason

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    Per Game: 12.5 points, 11.3 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 16.6 points, 15.0 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 16

    Perhaps we should have seen Shevon Thompson coming.

    According to his bio on, Thompson averaged 32 points and 15 rebounds per game in high school. And according to, he was good for 9.7 points and 11.2 rebounds per game at Harcum College while averaging just 21.0 minutes per game.

    Far too often, big men get recruited to play basketball just because they're big. Thompson can actually play, though, which is a scary proposition given his size.

    With another season like the one he just had, he will quickly become the all-time leader in minutes played in the NBA among George Mason alumni.

    The best part is that he might still be improving. Across the board, his numbers were better against conference foes in the A-10 than they were in the first seven weeks of the seasonthis despite a ridiculous 21-point, 19-rebound game against New Mexico and a 24-point, 14-rebound game against Wright State during the nonconference portion of the season.

    We'll see what new head coach Dave Paulsen can do with the big man this season. Considering he gradually turned Mike Muscala into a god at Bucknell, we have high hopes for where he'll take the guy who ranked third in the nation in total rebound percentage last year.

5. Josh Hawkinson, Washington State

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    Per Game: 14.7 points, 10.8 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 17.9 points, 13.2 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 20

    Despite averaging a double-double for a major conference team en route to 20 of them on the season, Josh Hawkinson might as well be John Doe to the national media.

    A 3-star, 6'9" center in the Class of 2013, Hawkinson barely even saw the floor as a freshman, finishing the year with 34 points and 45 rebounds. The closest he came to a double-double was five points and six rebounds against non-D-I San Francisco State.

    Translation: Nobody saw last year coming. Not even the school he grew up 15 minutes from and rooted for as a kid.

    "I'll be the first to tell you, we did not see him being a double-double guy his sophomore year in college," Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar told Christian Caple of The News Tribune in February. "We didn't really recruit him that hard, to tell you the truth."

    Foreseeable or not, Hawkinson had eight games with at least 13 points and 13 rebounds. Very rarely was he just barely scraping by to reach double figures in both categories.

    And he wasn't even the head honcho for the Cougars. That honor belonged to DaVonte Lacy, who averaged 16.9 points per game last year before graduating. Now that he's gone, Hawkinson is the primary scorer for Washington State.

    With 3.34 times as many rebounds as the second-best Cougar, he was already pretty clearly their top clean-up guy.

4. Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville

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    Per Game: 12.5 points, 9.9 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 17.9 points, 14.2 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 20

    Not only does Egidijus Mockevicius have one of the five most incredible names in college basketball, but he is also one of the best interior mid-major players in the country.

    Mockevicius was only an honorable mention on last year's list because of playing time. His per-40 numbers and rebounding rates were outstanding, but 25.2 minutes per game resulting in 10 double-doubles scared us away.

    Lo and behold, his playing time increased marginally to 27.9 minutes per game, but his number of double-doubles increased by 100 percent to 20. In fact, from Dec. 13 through Jan. 14, he recorded nine consecutive double-doubles. It's nothing compared to Billy Cunningham's all-time record of 40 consecutive double-doubles in the early 1960s for North Carolina, but it's pretty darn impressive, nonetheless.

    Mockevicius led the nation in defensive rebounding percentage. His per-40 numbers remain incredible. But we're still just concerned enough about his minutes to keep him out of the top three. Should he experience another uptick to 30.0 minutes per game this season, though, he could definitely flirt with 25 double-doubles.

3. Shawn Long, Louisiana-Lafayette

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    Per Game: 16.4 points, 10.2 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 23.5 points, 14.6 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 16

    Incredibly, Shawn Long has averaged a double-double in all three of his seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette. If he can do so again this season, I believe he will become the first player to average a double-double in all four seasons since Malik Rose did so for Drexel from 1992-96. If you know of a more recent member of that exclusive club, let us know in the comments.

    Suffice it to say, though, it would be an extremely rare achievement. For someone to arrive on campus as an 18- or 19-year-old kid capable of 10 points and 10 rebounds per game and actually stay for four seasons is almost unthinkable in today's game.

    Yet, here we are with Longwho ranks ahead of Egidijus Mockevicius because he posted 24 points and 11 rebounds against Evansville in the CIT while Mockevicius had just seven of each amid foul trouble.

    He also ranks this high because he is Louisiana-Lafayette's entire post presence. Long recorded 209 more points, 157 more rebounds and 38 more blocks than any other player on the roster. Effectively, he was an entire Cliff Alexander (199 points, 148 rebounds and 37 blocks) better than the rest of his team. While Alexander wasn't nearly as good as advertised, that's still pretty absurd.

    Moreover, with Georgia State presumably taking a step back after losing a lot from this year's roster, the Ragin' Cajuns should be the team to beat in the Sun Belt. At any rate, some sort of postseason is coming their way, and those extra games should be enough to vault a healthy Long near the top of the national list.

2. Rico Gathers, Baylor

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    Per Game: 11.6 points, 11.6 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 15.5 points, 15.5 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 17

    Rico Gathers is a monster. There's really no other way to describe him. He has ranked in the top seven nationally in offensive rebounding percentage in each of his three seasons at Baylor.

    For his career, he has averaged one offensive rebound for every 6.5 minutes on the court. That may not seem like a lot, but Ohio State's Jared Sullinger averaged an offensive rebound for every 9.3 minutes on the court, and he was a pretty doggone good rebounder. So for Gathers to be approximately 30 percent better is slightly crazy.

    Prior to this past season, the issue for Gathers was minutes. He was very efficient with his 16.7 and 17.8 minutes per game as a freshman and sophomore, respectively, but it wasn't nearly enough to make any sort of impact on the national double-doubles leaderboard.

    Receiving 29.9 minutes per game as a junior, though? Now we're talking. And unless Deng Deng decides to really blossom over the summer, Gathers should play even more minutes as a senior with Royce O'Neale now out of the equation.

    Even if he stays right at 30, though, he's still going to put up incredible numbers. The man averaged 11.8 points and 11.6 rebounds per game against the Big 12.

1. Jameel Warney, Stony Brook

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    Per Game: 16.4 points, 11.7 rebounds

    Per 40 Minutes: 19.9 points, 14.2 rebounds

    Double-Doubles: 24

    Jameel Warney led the nation in double-doubles last season. He recorded at least 10 points or 10 rebounds in all 35 games that he played. He never scored fewer than eight points in a game. Only twice did he tally fewer than seven reboundsand one of those games was a 43-point win over Maine.

    Outside of the occasional brutal shooting performances against Georgia or Providence, there wasn't a team in the country that could slow him down.

    It's not just that he had 24 games with double figures in points and rebounds, though. Warney played at least 25 minutes in every single game. There were four games in which he wasn't whistled for a single foul. He didn't foul out once, and only reached four fouls in a game five times.

    Warney had 10 games with at least 13 points and 13 rebounds, four games with at least 15 of each and a pair of games with at least 18 of each.

    He is a finely tuned double-double machine, and it is one of our biggest offseason wishes that the rest of the Seawolves will do enough to finally help this man experience the NCAA tournament.

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    Kerry Miller covers college basketball for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @kerrancejames.