Lewis Jackson isn't 5-foot-9, the height he's listed at in Purdue's media guide.
But that makes it even more special when he races in to swipe rebounds among the big bodies in the paint.
That effort nearly resulted in Jackson being Purdue's leading rebounder in a 77-57 victory over North Florida on Saturday.
But, instead, freshman Sandi Marcius stole the title by grabbing two rebounds in the final minutes after Jackson was pulled from the game.
When informed of that, Jackson slipped into fake exasperation. (He has faux-fuming down cold, and it's hilarious and refreshing in the interview environment.) Then recovered.
"If it was JaJuan (Johnson), honestly, I probably would have been mad," said Jackson, who is closer to 5-6, of losing his rebounding lead. "But any time Travis (Carroll) and Sandi, those young guys, can come in and rebound for us, I'm happy because they get experience and they're obviously doing what coach is asking them to do and rebounding the ball."
Marcius, who is 6-9, had seven rebounds in 15 minutes. Jackson had six in 25. That matched his career high, which he also reached in Purdue's last game against Valparaiso.
"Back in my prime, I used to be an athlete. I used to go get 'em," Jackson said, again, tongue firmly planted in cheek. "Most people with this team are worried about JaJuan and E'Twaun (Moore), they're such good rebounders. They try to block them out. Most people don't think I'll go, so when I do go, I normally get good timing with it."
Of Jackson's six rebounds, four were offensive. He even had two on one possession in the second half.
"People don't think I can rebound," he said. "So when I do it once, everybody's like, 'Yeah, six, yeah, OK.' Just going with these guys (Johnson, Moore) and how much coach emphasizes (rebounding), just trying to get the ones I can get, so I think that really makes me try to get as many as I can."