Nico Carvacho continues to carry Colorado State on the glass

Colorado State men’s basketball has struggled mightily in the first half of the 2018-19 season, but redshirt junior forward Nico Carvacho is establishing himself as one of the nation’s most dominant rebounders.

After pulling down 20 boards in Wednesday night’s loss to UNLV, Carvacho’s per-game average jumped from 12.3 to 12.9 rebounds, which is currently the best in the nation.

Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy (12.5) and Bowling Green State’s Demajeo Wiggins (12.2) are shortly behind the ‘Big Chile’. What makes Carvacho’s totals so impressive is the fact he has grabbed 24.1 percent of Colorado State’s total rebounds this season (120-of-498), and he is doing it with no help.

For a team that has struggled mightily in the paint, Carvacho has essentially been CSU’s only reliable option around the glass. No other player on the team averages even five rebounds per game, J.D. Paige is second at 4.5. In comparison, Minnesota has three players averaging at least five rebounds and BGSU has two.

Nico Carvacho dunks the basketball in a victory over Sam Houston State at Moby Arena.   PHOTO:   Tony Villalobos-May | Rocky Mountain Collegian

Nico Carvacho dunks the basketball in a victory over Sam Houston State at Moby Arena. PHOTO: Tony Villalobos-May | Rocky Mountain Collegian


What this shows is while some of the other top rebounders in college basketball also carry their teams in the paint, nobody has as little help as Carvacho. With Deion James electing to sit this season out and potentially transfer out of the program next season, Carvacho is one-of-three players on Colorado State’s roster that is 6’9” or taller, and of those three, Carvacho is the only one playing more than 10 minutes per game.

With 17 games remaining in the 2018-19 campaign, Carvacho needs 254 total rebounds to break his former teammate Emmanuel Omogbo’s single-season record of 373 (2016-17).

While breaking the record would be quite the feat for Carvacho, it is not out of the question. If Carvacho averages 14.94 rebounds per game for the remainder of conference play, he could surpass Omogbo in the history books. Carvacho has already recorded 17 or more rebounds in four of the last five games, so the big man definitely has the ability to do so.

CSU (5-9, 0-1) will look to turn around a four-game losing skid against Fresno State Saturday night. The Bulldogs (10-3) currently ranked 245th in rebounding.