Cyclone’s fast-paced offense on the court will be dependent upon rebounding success


To run in basketball, you have to rebound. Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg wants to run, so identifying his best guys on the boards is on his pre-season task list.

When you look at the Cyclones’ roster, there are only two players taller than 6-foot-8 (Anthony Booker and Percy Gibson, both 6-9). Last year’s top rebounder – Royce White – is now playing in the NBA.

Most fans connect size to rebounding. But, it’s really more about positioning and effort.

The Cyclones’ Melvin Ejim – listed at 6-6 – is the second leading returning rebounder in the Big 12. He averaged 7.1 boards per game (conference games only) last year. Ejim has great desire, good athletic skills and a knack for finding the ball. That translates to his success on the boards.

Transfer Will Clyburn is a guy that Hoiberg has challenged to rebound this year.

“I challenged him in individual meetings to lead our conference in rebounding this season,” Hoiberg said.

The 6-7, 210-pound Clyburn doesn’t look like a rebounder. He is listed as a guard on the team roster, but he’ll play multiple positions. Clyburn has led his last two schools (Utah in 2011-12 and Marshalltown CC in 2010-11) in rebounding with averages of 7.8 and 8.7, respectively.

Even though ISU was small a year ago, the Cyclones were fourth in the Big 12 in rebound margin. They did it by hard work. Since Hoiberg wants to run more, that success on the boards must continue.

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