Found June 03, 2013 on Run the Floor:

Last year Florida State had three players on the roster who were listed at 7' or taller. They were also a poor rebounding team. The way this worked on Twitter was that their competition would begin grabbing boards and fans would explode with indignation that guys that tall couldn't get a rebound. "Just put your hands up!" "YOU'RE FREAKIN 7' TALL!!" This made we wonder what the ideal height is for a rebounder (limited to defensive rebounding for this article). Does it help to be 7' tall? I haven't looked at the data for the NBA but I'm assuming that height and rebounding skill are closely correlated in the league. That's because 7-footers in the NBA are typically bulkier than college players, and much better athletes. A lot of college 7-footers don't weigh much more than me and when they run they look like a fawn which has just entered the world. Using Ken Pomeroy's data, I charted the 100 best defensive rebounders in the nation. To qualify they had to play at least 40% of their team's minutes. I used rebound % rather than RPG as the latter stat is pretty stupid and doesn't say anything about the number of opportunities that player had to grab a rebound. On the defensive end, the distribution of rebounders by listed height looks like this: Three of the top 100 rebounders were listed at 7-0 or taller. By contrast, six guys listed at 6-5 made the list. 63% of the list was between 6-7 and 6-9. The other thing which jumped out is that no 7-footers were even in the top 40. Thirteen players listed at 6-8 made the list before the first 7-footer (USC's Dewayne Dedmon). Of course, there are a lot more players listed at 6-8 than 7-0. Last year college basketball had 24 players listed at 7-0 tall who played at least 40% of their team's minutes (none of the FSU guys). This means that 3 of 24 (12.5%) were listed in top 100, and none better than 45th. There were 184 players listed at 6-8, so 14.1% made the list. You could argue that this is a small sample set for big guys, but 2012-13 was actually a good year for 7-footers. The previous season only two were in the top 100. And in the year before that there wasn't a single 7-footer. So the next time your team can't grab a board (I'm looking at you Noles), make sure you're screaming at the right players.

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