Posted Mar 20, 2006 10:24:23
Millsap?s Numbers Should Make History
RUSTON, La. -- 2003-04 ? 12.5 rebounds per game. NCAA Rebounding Champion as a freshman.
2004-05 ? 12.4 rpg. NCAA Rebounding Champion as a sophomore. First athlete in NCAA history to win back-to-back as an underclassman.
2005-06 ? 13.3 rpg. Unless Sheldon Williams from Duke can get 174 rebounds in the next four games, NCAA Rebounding Champion as a junior. Will become the first athlete in NCAA history to win three times in a row.
After another stellar season, Louisiana Tech junior forward Paul Millsap has all but clinched the NCAA Rebounding Championship for an unprecedented third straight year.
Since the NCAA counts postseason games, the award cannot be given until after the NCAA Finals on April 3.
?I consider it a privilege to have watched him over the past three years do something that no one in the history of the NCAA has ever done,? Tech head coach Keith Richard said. ?He had a tremendous year. The fact that he has won this title for a third time with everyone knowing he was chasing it even makes it more special.?
This year, the Chairman of the Boards had a fight on his hands for his title. Another great rebounder, senior forward Kenny Adeleke from the University of Hartford, kept the competition interesting and even took the lead a couple of times; the last being in late February before Millsap pulled down 23 rebounds against Hawaii. Adeleke, however, finished his season at 13.1 after a first round loss in American East Conference.
After averaging 19.6 points, 13.3 rebounds, and recording 76 blocks and 62 steals, Millsap also garnered plenty of awards this season that include:
First team All-WAC
Xbox Live WAC Player of the Week (four times)
Finalist for Oscar Robertson Award
Wooden Award Nominee
Rivals Third team All-American
Sports Illustrated Third team Mid-Season All-American
USBWA All-District VII team
Millsap and Richard led the way for the Bulldogs to 20 wins this past season and an NIT berth after making it to the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Millsap averaged 15.6 rebounds per game in conference and set a new WAC record.
?He has a special gift that truly has been something else to watch,? Richard said. ?I think Paul having done this here at Louisiana Tech can show other potential recruits that you can accomplish great things at school like ours just like anywhere else.?