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Top Freshmen Rebounders; Seton Hall Visits Marquette

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.

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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:

Rk Player School MP ORB% DRB% TRB%
1 Josh Ibarra Houston Baptist 261 17.4 30.4 24.1
2 Rokas Gustys Hofstra 236 20.1 23.9 22.0
3 Angel Delgado Seton Hall 469 16.9 24 20.5
4 Jakob Poeltl Utah 402 16.9 23.2 20.4
5 Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga 449 11.5 24.1 18.6

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

Rk Player School MP ORB%
1 Rokas Gustys Hofstra 236 20.1
2 DeSean Murray Presbyterian 291 17.5
3 Josh Ibarra Houston Baptist 261 17.4
4 Angel Delgado Seton Hall 469 16.9
5 Jakob Poeltl Utah 402 16.9

Top 5 Defensive Rebounding Percentages

Rk Player School MP DRB%
1 Josh Ibarra Houston Baptist 261 30.4
2 Leron Black Illinois 314 25.0
3 Tyler Rawson Southern Utah 288 24.8
4 Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga 449 24.1
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%.
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More Than a Number: Minnesota’s Rebounding Edge

February 16, 2013
More Than a Number: Minnesota’s Rebounding Edge

We know the story: The Gophers are great at offensive rebounding, not terrific at defensive rebounding.

If we compare Minnesota to their opponents in Big Ten play, the net of their OR% minus their opponents’ OR% is very good. The table below shows the net OR% for each Big Ten team in order from best to worst (includes all Big Ten games through 2/15/2013):

Team OR% Opp OR% Diff
Minnesota 41.7 32.1 9.6
Indiana 38.3 32.3 6
Michigan St. 31.5 27.7 3.8
Wisconsin 31.1 27.3 3.8
Michigan 31.9 29.1 2.8
Iowa 33 31.3 1.7
Ohio St. 29.9 28.4 1.5
Purdue 35.4 34.3 1.1
Illinois 34 35.1 -1.1
Penn St. 29.1 30.4 -1.3
Nebraska 24.9 34.5 -9.6
Northwestern 24.8 42.1 -17.3

Minnesota is easily the best. Northwestern is by far the worst and Nebraska has struggled as well. The Gophers have abused both the Wildcats (twice) and Huskers on the boards and that accounts for much of Minnesota’s net rebounding dominance in Big Ten games. If we back out those three games for the Gophers, their rank falls considerably:

Team OR% Opp OR% Diff
Indiana 38.3 32.3 6
Michigan St. 31.5 27.7 3.8
Wisconsin 31.1 27.3 3.8
Michigan 31.9 29.1 2.8
Minnesota 37.1 34.6 2.5
Iowa 33 31.3 1.7
Ohio St. 29.9 28.4 1.5
Purdue 35.4 34.3 1.1
Illinois 34 35.1 -1.1
Penn St. 29.1 30.4 -1.3
Nebraska 24.9 34.5 -9.6
Northwestern 24.8 42.1 -17.3

The facts don’t change – Minnesota is great at earning second chances. However, against most competition they are not gaining a big advantage on the boards and in fact have been outrebounded (OR%) in five of their 12 Big Ten games this season.

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