There are point guards and shooting guards.
But Kentucky's Linnae Harper doesn't fancy herself as either one.
"I'm a rebounding guard," the sophomore said with a wide smile.
She's been that way her entire career. If there's a ball coming off the rim, she wants it to be hers.
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At just 5-foot-8, Harper leads No. 10 Kentucky in rebounding, averaging 6.9 per game. She's the Cats' top offensive rebounder with 51, eight more than the next UK player (6-foot-3 Azia Bishop).
"What she does is very unusual for a kid that size and that height," Coach Matthew Mitchell said Wednesday, the day before UK hosts Auburn in Memorial Coliseum.
Mitchell couldn't help but notice the rebounding the first time he saw Harper play in an AAU game.
The UK coach was there to see teammate Janee Thompson, but he couldn't stop watching the other guard with the big hops.
"She just got up off the floor and took it off the rim," Mitchell recalled. "I was like, 'What just happened right there?' She just has a very, very incredible quick vertical leap where she can get up quicker than the taller players."
Harper, who once pulled down 23 rebounds in a high school game, knows she has strong leaping ability, but she doesn't think of it as anything special. Rebounding is just something she's always tried to be good at.
"It's a passion," said Harper, who had a team-best 14 rebounds against Ole Miss on Sunday, the most boards for a UK player shorter than 6-foot since Amani Franklin's 16 against Butler in 2009. "I've always loved rebounding, even when I was younger.
"I just love rebounding. It's one thing you have to want it, to want to go get it."
Harper, who also leads UK in steals, has scored in double figures in three of the Cats' past five games as well. But if you asked her how many points she scored or steals she had, she wouldn't be able to tell you.
She's all about the rebounds.
"It's one thing I focus on every game," Harper said. "I'm asking coaches: How many rebounds do we have as a team? How many do the posts have? How many do we need to have as a team? That's one thing I'm always focusing on because it's so important in every game."
It's especially important in the SEC, where the league champion so often seems to be the team that rebounds the ball the best, Mitchell noted.
For that reason, he became enamored with Harper long before she was rated one of the best players in the nation out of Whitney Young High School in Chicago.
"I love kids that will go and get offensive boards," Mitchell said. "I fell in love with Linnae's game pretty quick."
Some of the qualities that make Harper a good rebounder were the same ones he saw in former Kentucky great Victoria Dunlap, who was 6-foot-1.
"The mentality is very important to get in there and get position, but she just has unbelievable jumping ability and incredible timing," Mitchell said of Harper. "You can't teach it. Victoria Dunlap had it, Linnae has it. It is a gift, is what it is."
Harper, who has pulled down at least seven rebounds in eight of the Cats' 15 games this season, said she doesn't even think she jumps that high.
Mostly it was a skill she had at a young age when she was 5-foot-8 and the players she was facing were much smaller. Harper was a post player in those days.
But she stopped growing, and everyone else kept growing.
It's made her a guard who still thinks like a forward.
"Rebounding's one thing I really look forward to doing in a game," Harper said. "Even in practice, when we're doing rebounding drills and stuff like that, I really get excited."
She likes the contact. She welcomes the contact.
"I love being physical," she said, noting that she regularly takes elbows to the mouth, which is annoying with the row of braces across her teeth.
In the game against Ole Miss, Harper got a scratch on her eye while going up for a rebound.
"That was kind of painful," she said. "but that just goes along with it. ... That's just part of rebounding."