By Tom Benoit
April 3, 2012 3:27 PM

With the conclusion of the college basketball season last night, it has now become official that Siena’s OD Anosike is the nation’s leading rebounder for the 2011-2012 season. The NCAA’s final stats put Anosike on top with a 12.5 rebounds per game average. Thomas Robinson who played for national runner up Kansas was second with an average of 11.9.

Anosike also led the nation in double-doubles per game. Although fellow Junior Robinson had more total double-doubles with 27, he reached that number in 39 games while Anosike had 23 in 31 games. This included a streak of 17 double-doubles in a row which was the second longest streak in the last 15 years.

The last time a Siena Saint led the nation in a major statistical category was just two years ago when Ronald Moore led the nation in assists per game with 7.7. Last season Siena’s Ryan Rossiter finished second in the nation in rebounding.

For Anosike, it was a breakout season. In addition to his dominance on the boards he led the team in scoring with 15.0 points per game. He was a first team All-MAAC selection and is a strong candidate for the preseason MAAC Player of the Year next season. He was also named to the NABC District 1 First Team, and the Lou Henson All-America Team which recognizes the top mid-major players in the country.

 In this year’s Final Four program OD was one of four featured student athletes.  He was recognized for being in the company of Jerry West, Tim Duncan and Larry Bird for his double-double streak which fell just three short of West’s record, tied Duncan’s and beat Bird’s. He was also recognized for his performance in the classroom for achieving a 3.75 GPA this fall and an overall GPA of 3.12 as an economics major at Siena which ranks seventh in the nation in the NCAA’s most recent Graduation Success Rate report.

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