Top Freshmen Rebounders; Seton Hall Visits Marquette
Last May, ESPN’s Reggie Rankin put together his Class of 2014 Best Rebounders. Missing from the list was 6’9” Seton Hall freshman Angel Delgado who will visit Milwaukee on Wednesday. To his credit, when asked about Delgado after releasing his top 5 rebounders, Rankin indicated that Delgado belonged in the conversation.
With Marquette’s next opponent being Seton Hall, today we take a look at top freshman rebounders including the impressive figures Delgado has produced this season. For purposes of this article, data is through January 24, 2015 and comes from basketball-reference.com.
D-I’s top 5 freshmen (minimum of 225 minutes played) in total rebounding percentage this season are as follows:
|1||Josh Ibarra||Houston Baptist||261||17.4||30.4||24.1|
|3||Angel Delgado||Seton Hall||469||16.9||24||20.5|
Based on what we saw in travel and international play we expected Rokas Gustys to do well rebounding the ball from day one, but he’s been even better than expected. Gustys has missed time due to injury, but still has maintained a 20-20 OR-DR combo over 236 minutes of play.
Top 5 Offensive Rebounding Percentages
|3||Josh Ibarra||Houston Baptist||261||17.4|
|4||Angel Delgado||Seton Hall||469||16.9|
Top 5 Defensive Rebounding Percentages
|1||Josh Ibarra||Houston Baptist||261||30.4|
|3||Tyler Rawson||Southern Utah||288||24.8|
|5||Angel Delgado||Seton Hall||469||24.0|
ESPN’s May ’14 Picks – Top 5 Rebounders – Current Rank
Jahlil Okafor – #12 TR%, #6 OR%, #41 DR%
Cliff Alexander – #11, #14, #13
Goodluck Okonoboh – #75, #103, #180
Reid Travis – #31, #40, #41
Abdul-Malik Abu – #60, #78, #55
Other Seton Hall Notes:
- The Pirates provide another fine example of a team that can be great on one side of the glass, but not the other. Their OR% is #34 in the nation per KenPom.com, but their DR% is #303.
- 6’2″ guard Sterling Gibbs has been terrific scoring and distributing the ball, but he’s allergic to rebounds (1.7% OR and 3.9% DR). His DR% is easily the worst among all Big East regulars (next worst is at 5.7%).
- 6’6″ freshman Desi Rodriguez doesn’t get the minutes that Delgado does, but he’s also been very strong on the boards (8.8% OR; 20.3% DR).
- True, Marquette allows a lot of offensive rebounds for opponents, but in Big East play the Warriors have a 35.1% Def OR%, a fair amount better than Seton Hall’s Def OR% of 38.7%.