Once you’ve entered the city limits of Morehead, Ky., (population: 6,000) don’t be surprised if Kenneth Faried finds you and boxes you out. It’s there at Morehead State, tucked away in Eastern Kentucky, that Faried, once a 6-7, 180-pound prospect with questionable academics out of New Jersey, has become the nation’s best rebounder. In the past three seasons, he’s averaged more than 13 boards each year, led the nation last year with 13.3 per game, and is more than a rebound ahead of anyone else’s average this year at 14.3 (to go with 17.1 points) per game. Now on the Wooden Award watch list and a 6-8, 230-pound force who’s been compared to a young Dennis Rodman, Faried is aiming to get the Eagles back to his second NCAA Tournament in his senior season. Come springtime, he’ll try to prove some more people wrong â€” NBA scouts.
Earlier today, we got up with Faried to talk about, amongst other things, how he has become Morehead State’s Professor of Rebounding. Read More »