As always, it’s time for another edition of…
The Weekly Fives
A statistic often overlooked in the game of basketball, rebounds make a huge difference in terms of controlling the game and starting the fastbreak right. Rebounding is an essential skill for every team, and often times has the misfortune of giving your opponent a second chance to beat you if you don’t control the glass. Even if a team knows how to score points proficiently, rebounds are a necessity for the game to work. Similar to points, Wilt Chamberlain was a monster in the rebounding category, averaging over 22 rebounds per game over his career. However, unlike points, Chamberlain isn’t the only one truly dominant on the glass, as the legend Bill Russell also averaged over 22 boards over his illustrious career. Together, these two legends defined the art of rebounding, and through their winning ways, showed how much the statistic translates into valuable success.
Currently, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers is leading the NBA in rebounding, averaging a staggering 14.0 RPG. A relative newcomer this year, Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz is showing his ascent in the league. The center is averaging over 12 RPG in only his third season in the league. Although these big men aren’t pulling in as many boards as the greats Wilt and Bill Russell, they are clearly a valuable asset to their teams.
Around the state, Creighton’s Justin Patton is leading his team, pulling in 6.5 rebounds per game. In the Big Ten, both Ed Morrow and Michael Jacobson are putting hard work in on the glass, averaging 7.9 and 6.9 RPG, respectively, for the Big Red. Meanwhile, Tre’Shawn Thurman, an Omaha native, is leading the Omaha Mavericks in rebounds, snatching around 8 per game. That is good for third in the Summit League!
Locally, Teddy Allen continues to shine for the Boys Town Cowboys, a leader not only in points but also rebounds, hauling in 12.6 RPG for his squad. Still, the Shamrock from Spalding, Mathew Bloom, continues to lead the state in rebounds, the only one averaging over 13 boards per game over this season so far. The amazing thing about Bloom, is that he is only a sophomore, and looks to continue his control of the glass for years to come.
- DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers (14.0 RPG)
- Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (13.9 RPG)
- Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (13.5 RPG)
- Dwight Howard, Atlanta Hawks (12.8 RPG)
- Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (12.6 RPG)
- Tre’Shawn Thurman, Omaha (7.9 RPG)
- Ed Morrow, Nebraska (7.9 RPG)
- Michael Jacobson, Nebraska (6.9 RPG)
- Justin Patton, Creighton (6.5 RPG)
- Khyri Thomas, Creighton (5.6 RPG)
- Mathew Bloom, Spalding Academy (13.5 RPG)
- Colton Feist, Yutan (12.8 RPG)
- Teddy Allen, Boys Town (12.6 RPG)
- Jeffrey Widhelm, Douglas County West (12.6 RPG)
- Lane Kieser, Cornerstone Christian School (11.9 RPG)
(Stats as of 1/28/17)
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln, COJMC