College Basketball 2012-13: Top 10 Three-Point Shooting Bigs in CBB
It's always great to have players who can stretch the floor with their three-point shooting ability.
It's even better if those players are some of your bigs who can step out and knock down shots from beyond the arc.
Power forwards and centers who can hit three's add a whole other dimension to their team's attack.
By being able to face up and hit the pick and pop, these players of length create matchup madness for their opponents.
Here is a list of the top 10 three-point shooting bigs (players 6'8" or taller) in CBB.
10. Jeromie Hill, Texas-San Antonio
Jeromie Hill is a big guy who can hit big shots.
The Cairns, Australia native knocked down 40.7 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season.
The 6'8" forward was selected as the 2011 Southland Conference's Freshmen of the Year.
This past season, Hill was named to the All-Southland Conference second team.
9. Ryan Kelly, Duke
Ryan Kelly is one of the biggest "Stretch 4's" in the country.
At 6'11", 230 lbs, Kelly has the size of a center but the shooting skills of a wing.
Kelly was Duke's best shooter from beyond the arc this past season, connecting on 40.8 percent.
The Blue Devils missed his shooting touch in the final games of this past season when he sprained his right foot.
Coach K's crew lost two of the three games that Kelly missed, including the embarrassing defeat to Lehigh in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
8. Kenny Kadji, Miami
Kenny Kadji is a rare player of size (6'11", 250 lbs).
The rising senior is just as comfortable stepping out to the three-point line as he is posting up on the block.
Kadji hit 41.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 2011-12, many off of a pick and pop.
He hit four-of-five three's in Miami's upset win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium this past February.
Watch for the Hurricanes to have one of their best recent teams—it will feature 10 upper classmen.
7. Erik Murphy, Florida
Erik Murphy fits right into the perimeter mindset of Gator basketball.
The 6'10", 230-lb rising senior was Florida's best shooter from beyond the arc, dropping in 42.1 percent of his threes.
Murphy's ability to step out to the perimeter opens driving lanes for Billy Donovan's relentless guards or for Patric Young to do his thing down low.
I won't be surprised to see Murphy shoot even more threes in 2012-13 with the departures of Bradley Beal and Erving Walker, who shot over 300 bombs between the two of them.
6. Ben Simons, Drake
Ben Simons is ready to have an exceptional senior season in 2012-13.
Drake will look to the 6'8" senior forward to be their go-to guy and leading scorer.
Last year, he averaged 16.4 points per game and hit 42.5 percent of his three-pointers.
Simons hit at least four threes in eight different games in 11-12, including seven against Wichita State.
5. Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
Kyle Wiltjer is a long "Stretch 4" who can light it up from beyond the arc.
Before coming to Kentucky, Wiltjer won the 2011 Powerade Jam Fest Three-Point Competition.
Coming off the bench for the national champions, the 6'9", 239-lb PF was the team's No. 2 three-point shooter (behind only Doron Lamb), hitting 43.2 percent.
As Wiltjer moves into the starting lineup this season, the Cats will depend on him to be one of their main distance shooters.
Don't be surprised if Wiltjer hits 100 three-pointers in 2012-13.
4. Christian Watford, Indiana
Christian Watford hit what was one of the biggest three-point shots of last season when he nailed a buzzer-beater to take down Kentucky.
This was no fluke.
The 6'9" rising senior knocked down 43.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc last season. His ability to fill it up from distance opened up the inside to allow Cody Zeller plenty of room to operate down low.
Look for Watford to play a key role in Indiana's journey towards a Big Ten and national title.
3. Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Robert Covington may play for a smaller program, but he is getting plenty attention from NBA scouts because of his ability to knock down threes.
The 6'9" rising senior is TSU's leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and best three-point shooter (45.3 percent).
Covington hit seven-of-nine shots from beyond the arc in the Tigers' win over Morehead State this past season.
By the end of the upcoming season, the Chicago-area native will have hit over 200 threes during his collegiate career.
2. Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State
Jordan Dykstra was the best three-point shooter (47.3 percent) on a team that excelled in knocking down shots from downtown.
The 6'8", 235-lb rising junior forward was one of four Jackrabbit starters to shoot over 40 percent from outside the arc.
This past season, Dykstra set the SDSU consecutive three-pointers made record with 11 over three games. He made his final two vs. Buffalo (2/18), went 5-for-5 vs. Western Illinois (2/23) and made his first four threes vs. IUPUI (2/25).
1. Doug McDermott, Creighton
Doug McDermott is the best long-distance shooting big in DI hoops.
Last year, he hit almost half of his shots from beyond the arc (49.5 percent).
In his first two collegiate seasons, the 6'8", 220-lb rising junior has already hit 101 threes.
His ability to score from down low or downtown makes him an absolute matchup nightmare.
As a sophomore, McDermott scored 44 points against Bradley, shooting 18-23 from the field, including 3-for-5 from distance.
In 2011-12, McDermott was selected as a first team All-American and was the No. 3 scorer in the nation.
It will be exciting to see how Creighton's upcoming season unfolds. The Blue Jays should be a Top 25 squad from start to finish in 2012-13.
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