Mixing it up with the trees (best defensive rebounders below 6'3''):
Talor Battle's rebounding is awfully impressive and puts him among the best "little man" rebounders in the nation. Among the top 200 Pomeroy teams from last season, only three players under 6'3'' posted a better DR% than Battle while playing significant minutes - Jared Quayle (Utah State), Alex Renfroe (Belmont), and Lester Hudson (Tennessee Martin). With Renfroe graduated and Hudson in the NBA, Battle could be the best rebounding little man in the nation.
If only I had his height... (worst defensive rebounders above 6'7''):
When really tall guys struggle, whether it be in the NCAA Tournament or at the YMCA, men of normal stature (or less) love to speculate as to how dominant they would be with those extra inches. Nevermind that increased height brings its own set of challenges, especially for those still developing their game. Case in point - the only player on this list that is over 20 years old is Lauderdale, who just recently turned 21. It's tough to play a big man with a DR% below 12, but there's still time for these gentlemen to get their mitts on a larger share of caroms.
The slimmest of frames (pounds per 6 feet of height, excluding walk-ons):
|P.J. Hill||Ohio State||6-1||165||163|
|Jeremie Simmons||Ohio State||6-2||170||165|
|Talor Battle||Penn State||6-0||170|
It can be difficult for us normal-sized humans to put a player's weight in perspective. After all, our best frame of reference is our body, which for most of the population measures less than 6 foot in length. So, to give that improved perspective, we've prorated each player's weight into a 6-foot frame. It appears that Penn State and Ohio State have cornered the market on slight-of-frame guards, and I don't think either team would complain (especially Penn State!).
The beefiest of the beefy (pounds per 6 feet of height, excluding walk-ons):
|Derrick Nix||Michigan State||6-8||280||252|
|Dallas Lauderdale||Ohio State||6-8||255||230|
|Zisis Sarikopoulos||Ohio State||7-1||265||224|
The same method was used here, pro-rating each player's weight onto a 6-foot frame. The takeaway here: Derrick Nix is a BIG BOY. All that bulk didn't stop Nix from having a successful exhibition debut, scoring 13 points on 6 shots and grabbing 5 boards in 13 minutes. Notice that 7 of the 11 bulkiest players are newcomers to conference play (I'm including Markolf and Cronin) - the Big Ten is getting a lot Bigger this season.
Home States of Big Ten Players (2009-10 official rosters):
Another interesting question: which schools dedicate the biggest chunk of their rosters to in-state talent?
|Team||In-state players||Total players||Percentage in-state|
Purdue leads in this measure by a wide margin, while their in-state rival Hoosiers are towards the bottom. Clearly, some of Tom Crean's recruiting decisions were driven by the fact that he basically had no roster when he arrived, but it's interesting to see nonetheless. This could show, in some way, the benefit that Purdue has derived from Indiana's recent turmoil (the end of the Mike Davis era and the rocky Kelvin Sampson era). I'd expect Indiana's in-state percentage to increase over the next few years, at the possible expense of Purdue's, as the Hoosiers become bigger players in Indiana recruiting.
Another interesting tidbit - there are eight Big Ten players from Pennsylvania, and every single one decided to, as JoePa would say, "COME TO PENN STATE!!" Nittany Lion fans can watch the entire Big Ten season without ever cheering against a Pennsylvania player - even Iowa, whose state has produced just 5 current Big Ten players, let a player get out-of-state and onto an opposing Big Ten roster (Jason Bohannon at Wisconsin). Wouldn't Iowa fans love to have Bohannon in Lickliter's offense right about now?