List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season rebounding leaders

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In basketball, a rebound is the act of gaining possession of the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I rebounding title is awarded to the player with the highest rebounds per game (rpg) average in a given season. However, from 1956 through 1962, the rebounding leader was determined by the highest individual recoveries out of the total by both teams in all games (meaning the highest percentage of the total possible rebounds determined the winner, not the per game average). The NCAA did not split into its current divisions format until August 1973.[1] From 1906 to 1955, there were no classifications to the NCAA nor its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).[1] Then, from 1956 to 1973, colleges were classified as either "NCAA University Division (Major College)" or "NCAA College Division (Small College)".[1] The NCAA's official men's basketball media guide recognizes rebounding champions beginning with the 1950–51 season.[2]

Charlie Slack of Marshall owns the Division I record for a single-season rebounding average (25.6), which he accomplished in 1954–55.[2][3] The all-time career rebounds record holder—Tom Gola of La Salle—never won an NCAA Division I rebounding title despite grabbing 2,201 rebounds.[4] In the official NCAA men's basketball record books, a distinction is drawn between the pre-1973 era and the post-1973 era.[2] One reason is that because of the split into the three Divisions in use today (Divisions I, II and III), many of the rebounds accumulated in the pre-1973 era were against less–talented opponents that would be considered Division II, III or even NAIA in today's hierarchy. Although the 1972–73 season was before the divisional split, the NCAA officially considers that season to be "post-1973" because of the adoption of freshman eligibility for varsity play in all NCAA sports effective in August 1972. Therefore, Kermit Washington of American is the post-1973 Division I single-season rpg record holder. He averaged 20.4 rebounds in 1972–73.[2]

Seven players have officially earned multiple rebounding titles: Leroy Wright, Jerry Lucas, Artis Gilmore, Kermit Washington, Xavier McDaniel, Paul Millsap and O. D. Anosike.[2] Of these, only Millsap earned three NCAA Division I rebounding titles, which he accomplished from 2004 to 2006.[5] He also skipped his senior season to enter the National Basketball Association (NBA) early, so had he stayed at Louisiana Tech he may have won the rebounding title a fourth time. There are also five players who won Division I rebounding titles that have been enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Elgin Baylor,[6] Artis Gilmore, Jerry Lucas,[7] Hakeem Olajuwon[8] and David Robinson.[9]

Robert Parish of Centenary, also a Hall of Famer,[10] had rebounding totals that would have led Division I in two seasons—15.4 per game in 1974–75 and 18.0 in 1975–76.[11] However, due to sanctions related to Parish's recruitment, the NCAA omitted all Centenary games and statistics from its official records starting with his freshman year of 1972–73 and continuing through the 1977–78 season, two years after Parish's graduation.[12]

Two players who have led the NCAA in rebounds were born outside United States territory, and a third was born in a United States insular area. Hakeem Olajuwon, the leader in 1983–84, was born in Nigeria, and 2009–10 leader Artsiom Parakhouski was born in the Byelorussian SSR of the Soviet Union, which would become the independent country of Belarus in his childhood. Tim Duncan, the 1996–97 leader, was born in the United States Virgin Islands and is a U.S. citizen by birth.

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Rebounding leaders[edit]

A light-skinned black man wearing a white t-shirt that says "California" smiles as he flexes his arms for the camera.
Hank Gathers led the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding in 1989.
Shaquille O'Neal led Division I in 1991.
A black man wearing a blue button-down shirt sits and poses for a picture at a wooden table.
Kurt Thomas was the rebounding champion in 1995.
Paul Millsap, the only three-time rebounding champion.
Michael Beasley led the nation as a freshman in 2008.
Season Player Pos. Cl. Team Games
played
Rebounds RPG Ref.
1950–51 Beck, ErnieErnie Beck G So Penn 27 556 20.6 [13]
1951–52 Hannon, BillBill Hannon C So Army 17 355 20.9 [13]
1952–53 Conlin, EdEd Conlin G/F So Fordham 26 612 23.5 [13]
1953–54 Quimby, ArtArt Quimby C Jr Connecticut 26 588 22.6 [14]
1954–55 Slack, CharlieCharlie Slack F Jr Marshall 21 538 25.6 [3]
1955–56 Holup, JoeJoe Holup F/C Sr George Washington 26 604 .256 [15]
1956–57 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* F Jr Seattle 25 508 .235 [16]
1957–58 Ellis, Alex "Boo"Alex "Boo" Ellis F Sr Niagara 25 536 .262 [17]
1958–59 Wright, LeroyLeroy Wright F/C Jr Pacific 26 652 .238 [18]
1959–60 Wright, LeroyLeroy Wright (2) F/C Sr Pacific 17 380 .234 [18]
1960–61 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* F/C Jr Ohio State 27 470 .198 [19]
1961–62 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* (2) F/C Sr Ohio State 28 499 .211 [19]
1962–63 Silas, PaulPaul Silas F Sr Creighton 27 557 20.6 [20]
1963–64 Pelkington, BobBob Pelkington C Sr Xavier 26 567 21.8 [21]
1964–65 Kimball, TobyToby Kimball F Sr Connecticut 23 483 21.0 [22]
1965–66 Ware, JimJim Ware F Sr Oklahoma City 29 607 20.9 [2]
1966–67 Cunningham, DickDick Cunningham C Jr Murray State 22 479 21.8 [23]
1967–68 Walk, NealNeal Walk C Jr Florida 25 494 19.8 [24]
1968–69 Haywood, SpencerSpencer Haywood F/C So Detroit 22 472 21.5 [25]
1969–70 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* C Jr Jacksonville 28 621 22.2 [26]
1970–71 Gilmore, ArtisArtis Gilmore* (2) C Sr Jacksonville 26 603 23.2 [26]
1971–72 Washington, KermitKermit Washington F Jr American 23 455 19.8 [2]
1972–73 Washington, KermitKermit Washington (2) F Sr American 25 511 20.4 [2]
1973–74 Barnes, MarvinMarvin Barnes F/C Sr Providence 32 597 18.7 [27]
1974–75 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* C Jr Centenary 29 447 15.4 [11]
1974–75 Irving, JohnJohn Irving F/C So Hofstra 21 323 15.3 [28]
1975–76 Parish, RobertRobert Parish* (2) C Sr Centenary 27 485 18.0 [11]
1975–76 Pellom, SamSam Pellom F/C So Buffalo 26 420 16.2 [28]
1976–77 Mosley, GlennGlenn Mosley F Sr Seton Hall 29 473 16.3 [29]
1977–78 Williams, KenKen Williams F Sr North Texas State 28 411 14.7 [13]
1978–79 Davis, MontiMonti Davis F Jr Tennessee State 26 421 16.2 [30]
1979–80 Smith, LarryLarry Smith C/F Sr Alcorn State 26 392 15.1 [31]
1980–81 Watson, DarrylDarryl Watson F Sr Mississippi Valley State 27 379 14.0 [2]
1981–82 Thompson, LaSalleLaSalle Thompson C/F Jr Texas 27 365 13.5 [32]
1982–83 McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel F So Wichita State 28 403 14.4 [33]
1983–84 Olajuwon, AkeemAkeem Olajuwon* C Jr Houston 37 500 13.5 [34]
1984–85 McDaniel, XavierXavier McDaniel (2) F Sr Wichita State 31 460 14.8 [33]
1985–86 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C Jr Navy 35 455 13.0 [35]
1986–87 Lane, JeromeJerome Lane F So Pittsburgh 33 444 13.5 [36]
1987–88 Miller, KennyKenny Miller C Fr Loyola (IL) 29 395 13.6 [37]
1988–89 Gathers, HankHank Gathers F Jr Loyola Marymount 31 426 13.7 [38]
1989–90 Bonner, AnthonyAnthony Bonner F/C Sr Saint Louis 33 456 13.8 [39]
1990–91 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C So LSU 28 411 14.7 [40]
1991–92 Jones, PopeyePopeye Jones F Sr Murray State 30 431 14.4 [41]
1992–93 Kidd, WarrenWarren Kidd F Sr Middle Tennessee 26 386 14.8 [42]
1993–94 Lambert, JeromeJerome Lambert F Jr Baylor 24 355 14.8 [13]
1994–95 Thomas, KurtKurt Thomas C Sr TCU 27 393 14.6 [43]
1995–96 Mann, MarcusMarcus Mann F Sr Mississippi Valley State 29 394 13.6 [44]
1996–97 Duncan, TimTim Duncan C Sr Wake Forest 31 457 14.7 [45]
1997–98 Perryman, RyanRyan Perryman F Sr Dayton 33 412 12.5 [46]
1998–99 McGinnis, IanIan McGinnis F So Dartmouth 26 317 12.2
1999–00 Phillip, DarrenDarren Phillip F Sr Fairfield 29 405 14.0 [47]
2000–01 Marcus, ChrisChris Marcus C So Western Kentucky 31 374 12.1 [48]
2001–02 Bishop, JeremyJeremy Bishop F Jr Quinnipiac 29 347 12.0 [2]
2002–03 Hunter, BrandonBrandon Hunter C/F Sr Ohio 30 378 12.6 [49]
2003–04 Millsap, PaulPaul Millsap F Fr Louisiana Tech 30 374 12.5 [50]
2004–05 Millsap, PaulPaul Millsap (2) F So Louisiana Tech 29 360 12.4 [50]
2005–06 Millsap, PaulPaul Millsap (3) F Jr Louisiana Tech 33 438 13.3 [50]
2006–07 Jones-Jennings, RashadRashad Jones-Jennings F/C Sr Arkansas–Little Rock 30 392 13.1 [28]
2007–08 Beasley, MichaelMichael Beasley F Fr Kansas State 33 408 12.4 [51]
2008–09 Griffin, BlakeBlake Griffin F So Oklahoma 35 504 14.4 [52]
2009–10 Parakhouski, ArtsiomArtsiom Parakhouski C Sr Radford 31 414 13.4 [53]
2010–11 Faried, KennethKenneth Faried F/C Sr Morehead State 35 508 14.5 [54]
2011–12 Anosike, O. D.O. D. Anosike F Jr Siena 31 388 12.5 [55]
2012–13 Anosike, O. D.O. D. Anosike (2) F Sr Siena 32 364 11.4 [55]
2013–14 Williams, AlanAlan Williams^ C Jr UC Santa Barbara 28 322 11.5 [56]

Notes[edit]

†From 1956 through 1962, the rebounding leader was determined by the highest individual recoveries out of the total by both teams in all games.[2]

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