College Basketball: Top Ten High-Efficiency Scorers in 2012-13 CBB
It's great to have players who can score points.
It's even better when those players do so without being a high-volume shooter.
If someone needs to take 25 shots to score 18 points, that's a problem. Might have to call that the "Iverson Syndrome."
The following is a Top Ten list of the most efficient scorers in college basketball for the 2012-13 season.
These "coaches' dreams" shoot a high percentage from the floor, get to the line and knock down their free-throws and might even mix in a three pointer or two every now and then.
10. Jack Cooley (Notre Dame)
Jack Cooley is your classic, old-school low post player.
He doesn't wander out to the perimeter much. He hasn't attempted a single three-pointer in three seasons in South Bend.
But, Cooley gets things done in the basement.
The 6'9" rising senior averaged 12.5 ppg while only taking 7.7 shots per game.
His 62.5 shooting percentage last year was actually a three point drop from his sophomore year.
In a game against DePaul in February of last season, Cooley scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting and making his two FT attempts.
9. Devon Collier (Oregon State)
Devon Collier doesn't waste any motion or any opportunity.
Last year as a sophomore, the 6'7" forward averaged 13.2 ppg while only attempting 7.9 shots per game.
Collier, like Cooley, has yet to attempt a shot from beyond the arc in his two years in Corvallis.
Last year in the CBI quarterfinals against TCU, he scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting.
8. Gregory Echenique (Creighton)
I think a "no-shots-from-beyond-the-arc" pattern is beginning to emerge.
Greg Echenique is a wide body (6'9" 270 lbs) space-eater that gets his work done in the paint.
So far, the rising senior has yet to attempt a three-pointer in his collegiate career.
Echenique averaged right at 10 ppg while only putting up six shots per game.
Last year in the Missouri Valley Tournament semi-finals, Echenique scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 4-for-5 from the line.
7. Daniel Stewart (Rider)
Daniel Stewart doesn't need many looks to make his contribution.
Last year, the 6'7" rising junior averaged 11.1 ppg while only lofting 6.6 shots per game.
He didn't put up a single three-pointer last year after losing control and putting up one shot from beyond the arc as a freshman.
Stewart had a nice game against Marist last season, scoring 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the line.
6. Jamal Olasewere (Long Island)
You may not have heard much about Jamal Olasewere, but the 6'7" rising senior forward gets a lot of work done for the Blackbirds.
Olasewere averaged 16.8 points per game last year, while only attempting 10.1 field goals per game.
Last year, he had a near perfect night against St. Francis when he scored 32 points, making all 11 of his shots from the floor (including his one shot from beyond the arc) and connecting on 9-of-12 free throws.
5. Kevin Van Wijk (Valparaiso)
One of the best kept secrets among mid-major post players is Kevin Van Wijk.
The 6'8" 245 lbs Netherlands-native averaged 14.1 ppg while only playing 23 minutes and taking 8 shots per game for the Crusaders.
In the Horizon League regular season finale, Van Wijk poured in 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field.
He, like most players on this list, has not attempted any shots from beyond the arc in his first two seasons at Valpo.
4. Arsalan Kazemi (Rice)
Arsalan Kazemi has been one of the most efficient players in CBB over the last two years.
The rising senior from Esfahan, Iran averaged 12.1 ppg for the Owls with only putting up less than seven shots per game.
In a game against UTEP last year, Kazemi scored 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 8-for-10 from the line.
3. Tarik Black (Memphis)
Tarik Black had the third best FG shooting percentage in D-1 hoops last year, connecting on 68.6 percent of his shots from the floor.
The 6'8" rising junior averaged 10.9 ppg while only attempting six shots per game.
He has yet to attempt a three in his two years playing for Josh Pastner.
Black was nearly perfect against Tennessee last year, going for 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.
2. Doug McDermott (Creighton)
Doug McDermott does so many things well.
He was one of the nation's top scorers in the 2011-12 season.
Averaging 23.2 points per game, the 6'7" first team All-American took less than 15 shots per game.
The rising junior shot 61 percent from the field, and, unlike most of the other players on this list was a legitimate threat from down town. He nailed 48.6 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc last season.
In an early January game against Bradley, McDermott scored 44 points, shooting 18-for-23 from the field (3-for-5 from 3 pt) and he made all five of his free throw attempts.
As defenses continue to focus on stopping him in the upcoming season, it will be intriguing to see how he responds.
1. Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Even though the best may still be yet to come, Cody Zeller had a fantastic freshman season for the Hoosiers.
Zeller averaged 15.6 points per game while taking less that 9 shots per game.
He connected on 62.3 percent of his FG attempts and 75.5 percent of his FTs.
Zeller plays the game with a high level of basketball IQ and great deal of hoops maturity.
Rarely do you see the 19 year old take a bad shot.
In a late January game against Iowa, the rising sophomore dropped 26 on the Hawkeyes, shooting 11-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line.
It's doubtful that Tom Crean cares that CZ doesn't step out and hit three's (He didn't attempt a single one last year).
Because IU has so many weapons that their opponents have to respect, Zeller can freely operate in the paint.