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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Class of 2014's best rebounders

By Reggie Rankin

Members of the Class of 2014 have (mostly) made their decisions. Which incoming freshmen should you get to know? Here is a look at the best rebounders -- and one name to know in 2015:

1. Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Okafor is as wide as a door and next to impossible to keep from a rebound that comes off the glass within reach of his suction-cup hands. Okafor is strong and physical and in the best shape I have seen him, and his motor is hitting on all cylinders.

Cliff Alexander
Cliff Alexander could become a dominant college rebounder.
2. Cliff Alexander, Kansas
Heart, desire, power and a take-no-prisoners attitude allows Alexander to rebound at rim level or above on both ends of the floor in and out of his area. A true tough guy and glass eater.

3. Goodluck Okonoboh, UNLV
Strength and power allow this athletic power forward to rebound in heavy traffic and start the break with a bullet outlet pass. If Okonoboh is not aggressively boxed out, his opponent might end up under the rim.

4. Reid Travis, Stanford
Travis negotiates traffic in the lane and is physical as needed in order to come away with a clean rebound. He refuses to accept a box-out and just snatches the ball away from opponents.

5. Abdul-Malik Abu, North Carolina State
Abu is a physical power forward who will lay his college-ready body on an opponent to fight for the real estate he desires in the lane in order to pound the glass.

Name to know in 2015, Ivan Rabb: Rabb has great length and athletic ability to go along with excellent speed and quickness for a player his size. Rabb rebounds on both ends in and out of his area. And on the offensive glass, he is a tip-in and tip-dunk threat, or he simply just keeps the ball alive if he can't grab it himself.