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February 20, 2011

Morehead State senior becomes NCAA all-time rebounder

TERRE HAUTE — When Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried got his magical seventh rebound Saturday against Indiana State at Hulman Center — the one he needed to pass Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan on the post-1973 NCAA all-time career rebounding list — he had a big smile on his face and he did a fist pump.

But it wasn’t because Faried knew he had the record. The record-breaking rebound was an offensive board he converted into an easy layup. He was just happy he had given the Eagles a bucket at a time when the Sycamores were making a run.

“Usually when I get an offensive rebound and score it back in the heat of the game, I get confident that I helped my team get that much closer to winning the game. So that was my, ‘Yeah, good job!’ ” Faried said.

It was a different story after Morehead State’s 71-65 victory, the Eagles’ ninth in a row. An overjoyed Faried was overwhelmed by the enormity of his accomplishment.

“Words can’t explain how thrilled I am to get it, especially with a win. I’m humbled by the opportunity to have this in this program. My coaches believe in me and my teammates believed in me to get this record,” Faried said.

Faried’s rebound occurred with 16:49 left in the second half. He rebounded a missed layup by Sam Goodman and scored on an easy putback on the left side of the basket. At the time, ISU had cut a nine-point Morehead State lead to four, and Faried’s bucket gave the Eagles a respite.

The NCAA has records for the pre-1973 era and post-1973 era of college basketball. Freshman became eligible in 1973 and it is also when the roots of modern Division I began to take shape.

“I’ve said this a thousand times about Kenneth. He’s a very special player and a great player. The all-time leading rebounder from Morehead State? I can’t tell you how huge that is, but Kenneth Faried is three times the person than he is as a player,” Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall said.

Faried had 12 rebounds against the Sycamores and now has 1,576 for his career. Duncan had 1,564 at Wake Forest in a career that ended in 1997. Faried’s company on the top five post-1973 rebounding list includes Syracuse’s Derrick Coleman (3rd, 1,537 rebounds), Drexel’s Malik Rose (1,514) and Virginia’s Ralph Sampson (1,511).

“It hasn’t hit me, I don’t think it’s every going to hit me [that Faried is ahead of Duncan]. He’s a future Hall of Famer and I went to be on his level,” Faried said.

All of those players went on to have long careers in the NBA. Faried, who declared for the 2010 NBA Draft, but opted out, is projected to either be a late first round or early second round pick this summer.

Several NBA scouts were on hand at Hulman Center — including former ISU assistant coach and Indiana Pacers legend Mel Daniels, who was scouting for the New York Knicks, and who was an outstanding rebounder in his own right.

“He’s relentless and he works. He’s not a guy who just has height and plays, he works hard at both ends. He’s very physical and he doesn’t accept getting blocked out. Our guys can learn a lesson from that: a highly hyped player who works at both ends of the floor,” ISU coach Greg Lansing said.

Faried also went on to score a team-high 17 points for the victorious Eagles.

Oddly, Faried is not the Morehead State career leader in rebounds if the pre-1973 era is taken into account. Steve Hamilton grabbed 1,675 career rebounds in a Morehead State career that ended in 1958. Hamilton, who played at Charlestown High School in southern Indiana, later achieved greater fame as a Major League Baseball pitcher in the 1960s.

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