OD Anosike, Ryan Rossiter Turning Siena Into Rebounding U.
Quick, what Division I men's college basketball program has had a player amongst the nation's leaders in rebounding the past two seasons?
If you guessed Siena, you're right and you're probably also a fan of the Saints.
Last season, Ryan Rossiter, who is currently playing professionally in France, finished second in the country in rebounding.
Rossiter, who was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, averaged 13.2 rebounds and finished second, to Morehead State's Kenneth Faried (14.5 rpg).
This season, junior OD Anosike is leading the nation in rebounding, averaging 12.4 rebounds per game. He has also posted 11 consecutive double-doubles, the longest active streak in the country and one better than Rossiter's previous school-record of 10, which he set last season.
“He's just playing at a high level," Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro said of Anosike. "He understands for this team, he has to do a lot.”
There could be a few of reasons that both Rossiter and Anosike have been able to succeed on the glass.
First off, Buonaguro likes to play a zone defense that keeps one player directly under the basket, giving them the chance for more boards. Also, both guys played a lot of minutes. Rossiter needed to be on the floor because of his talent and Anosike, while also talented, needs to be on the floor because Siena is undermanned.
The other amazing thing is that both of these guys are scoring the ball at an tremendous rate. Rossiter finished in the Top 45 in the country in scoring (18.7 ppg), while Anosike, after a slow start offensively, is currently averaging 14.1 points per game.
The Saints have won four of their past five games. In those four games, Anosike is averaging 17.3 points and 13 rebounds per game.
“He's been pretty good," said senior guard Kyle Downey. "He's been phenomenal actually.”
Anosike and Rossiter are different players though. Rossiter was more of an old style, outhustle you type of guy, who just worked and worked. Anosike, while also a hard worker, has much more athleticism and can go get a loose ball.
It is certainly unique that two different players from one mid-major school are having that much success rebounding the ball. It may even be more interesting that both players are originally from Staten Island.
Either way, Siena has become Rebounding U. and it'll be interesting to see if that trend continues.