Isaiah Canaan, Rotnei Clarke and the 12 Best Shooters for the 2012-13 Season

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2012

Isaiah Canaan, Rotnei Clarke and the 12 Best Shooters for the 2012-13 Season

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    Jimmer Fredette, Stephen Curry, John Jenkins, J.J. Reddick.

    One thing all those guys have in common is that they knew how to stroke the basketball from behind the three-point line.

    Whether anyone in the 2012-13 season will go down with the legacy that the aforementioned have is yet to be seen. But there is no doubt that some guys have the potential to put up some jaw-dropping numbers from long range this year.

    Here are 12 players, some well-known and some who have flown under the radar, that will be the best three-point shooters in the coming season.

Sean Armand, Iona

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    Sean Armand is possibly the best unknown shooter in college basketball.

    Armand shot 46.2 percent on three-pointers last year (79-for-171) and averaged 9.5 points per game. He was almost always in a groove and was an invaluable piece of Iona's MAAC championship last season.

    Armand will have a better chance to shine this year as a junior.

    Iona graduated its two best players in Scott Machado and Mike Glover, so Armand will be key in the back court along with Momo Jones. Expect him to average upwards of 15 points.

    He caught fire and hit a MAAC-record 10 treys in a game against Siena at Madison Square Garden in January. Armand went for a career-high 32 points that night.

    Armand had three other games with 20 or more points. He scored 20 points against William & Mary with six three-pointers, 25 against Loyola with eight and 22 against Rider with seven.

    Armand got his first taste of the NCAA tournament last year as a sophomore. In a First Four game against BYU, he scored 10 points and shot 2-for-6 from three-point range.

Brady Heslip, Baylor

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    Brady Heslip burst onto the scene last year with Baylor as a pure shooter.

    Heslip shot 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, with his offensive game consisting almost exclusively of the three-ball. He shot 277 times from the field, and 220 were from beyond the arc, equaling 79.4 percent of his attempts.

    Heslip is also a 92.1 percent free-throw shooter.

    Heslip had a number of good games during the season, but his best by far came in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Against Colorado, he scored 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from three-point range.

Rotnei Clarke, Butler

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    Rotnei Clarke made 274 three-pointers over three years at Arkansas, but this year, he will try his luck at Butler with his final year of eligibility.

    As a sophomore, Clarke had a historic shooting night, making 13 of 17 three-pointers in a 130-68 win over Alcorn State. The 13 three-pointers in a single game is an Arkansas and SEC record, and it ranks No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I.

    Clarke will fill an important role this year with Butler.

    Percentage-wise, Andrew Smith, a seven-foot center, led the Bulldogs from three-point range at 35.2 percent. Chase Stigall, who converted at only a 28.4 percent clip, led them with 50 made three-pointers. As a team, Brad Stevens' club shot only 28.1 percent.

    The 2011 Final Four team shot 35.2 percent from long range, and the 2010 squad shot 34.2 percent.

    Clarke will certainly help Butler get that number back to where it had been when Butler was a mid-major power.

Kenny Boynton, Florida

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    Kenny Boynton made the jump last season from being someone who likes to shoot to being someone who knows how to shoot.

    Boynton shot 242 three-pointers during his sophomore season, but he made only 33.1 percent of them. As a freshman, he was even worse at 29.4 percent.

    Last year, he once again shot his share of treys, attempting 270. But he also converted 110 of them, good for 40.7 percent.

    In the NCAA tournament, Boynton struggled and made only five of 24 three-pointers (20.8 percent). His entire March was not much better at 22.5 percent.

    Boynton had a few monster games last season. Four times, he converted six three-pointers. (Wright State, November 21; Texas A&M, December 17; UAB, January 3; Auburn, February 21.)

Kris Davis, SIU-Edwardsville

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    Kris Davis is likely the least known player on this list.

    Davis, now a sophomore, averaged 11.6 points per game last year and shot an NCAA Division I-best 59.8 percent from three-point range.

    Davis was not a high-volume shooter, but nonetheless, 58-for-97 is quite impressive.

    His season-high for three-pointers in a single game was five, which occurred twice, once against Robert Morris (IL) and once against Tennessee Tech. Against Robert Morris, he scored a career-high 25 points.

Jordan Hulls, Indiana

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    Jordan Hulls was flat-out deadly from three-point land last year. He shot 49.3 percent from beyond the arc and made two of his 4.1 attempts per game. He ranked No. 6 in the nation in three-point percentage and No. 2 in the Big Ten.

    Hulls went off against Penn State in January with 28 points. In that game, he shot 7-of-9 from three-point. 

    In his first NCAA tournament game, he scored 22 points against New Mexico State and shot 4-of-6 on threes.

    Hulls shot 60.9 percent on neutral sites last year, so keep an eye on him in the Legends Classic at Barclays Center and the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Travis Bader, Oakland

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    Travis Bader made an immediate impact with Oakland as a freshman. He averaged 10.5 points and converted 44.3 percent of his three-point attempts. As a sophomore, his scoring average increased to 15.9 points, but his three-point percentage dropped to a hair below 40 percent.

    In conference play, though, Bader made 46.6 percent of his treys. Against South Dakota State, which ended up winning the Summit League tournament, he knocked down 10-of-14 three-pointers and scored 37 points.

Kevin Foster, Santa Clara

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    Kevin Foster has made 311 three-pointers in his career with Santa Clara, passing Steve Nash's school record last season. His 2011-12 season was cut short in January after receiving a DUI. Luckily, he is back with the team for his final year with the Broncos. 

    As a sophomore, he led the NCAA with 140 made three-pointers. Last year, before his suspension, he was shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.

    Throughout his career, Foster has been a better shooter at home. As a junior, he shot 44.4 percent at the Leavey Center. As a sophomore, the number was 41.2.

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

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    Isaiah Caanan had been very good with Murray State during his first two seasons, but last year, he transcended into one of the nation's best. As a junior, he averaged 19 points, 3.6 assists and shot 45.6 percent from three-point range, good for No. 2 in the Ohio Valley.

    At home, Canaan is near unstoppable. In 14 games, he shot 50.5 percent on three-pointers last year.

    Canaan hit five or more treys in eight games last year.

    In the NCAA tournament, he struggled, shooting 8-of-30 from the field and 3-of-14 from three-point in his two games. In his two NCAA tournament games as a freshman, he was much better, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.

C.J. Wilcox, Washington

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    C.J. Wilcox averaged 14.2 points per game last year for the Washington Huskies, but he was overshadowed by Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten.

    Wilcox shot 43.7 percent from the field and 40.3 percent on three-pointers last season. As a freshman, he shot 40.1 percent from beyond the arc.

    At home last year, he shot 47.4 percent on three-pointers. Wilcox also shot much better in Washington wins last year. In victories, he shot more than 10 percent better than in losses.

Langston Galloway, St. Joseph's

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    Langston Galloway led the Atlantic 10 in three-point shooting last year at 47.4 percent and with 90 made three-pointers. Next in line was Dayton's Chris Johnson 69 treys.

    Galloway was consistently scoring in double digits during the 2011-12 season, and a large part of his success was his ability to shoot from long range.

    When he scored his season-high 32 points against Penn, he shot 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Earlier in the season, he had shot 7-of-9 from deep in a 30-point effort against Fordham.

Mardracus Wade, Arkansas

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    Mardracus Wade had a breakout sophomore season last year. In 28.8 minutes per game, he averaged 10.8 points and shot 47.6 percent from beyond the arc.

    Wade was not consistently on his game, but every once in a while, he would catch fire.

    Against Georgia, he scored 15 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting on triples. Five other times, he made four or more three-pointers in a single game.