Ranking the 5 Best Shooters in College Basketball

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IOctober 12, 2012

Ranking the 5 Best Shooters in College Basketball

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    Although the 2012-13 college basketball season hasn't even started yet, we still have a pretty good idea on who the best shooters in the country will be.

    Some of these players need no introduction on this list, but others may surprise some. One thing these players all have in common is they're money from anywhere on the court.

    Read on to see the five best shooters in college basketball entering the season. 

5. Rotnei Clarke, Butler

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    Rotnei Clarke will be playing for the Butler Bulldogs, despite the fact that he scored 15.2 points per game in his junior season with the Arkansas Razorbacks. 

    Razorback, Bulldog or whatever animal, Clarke is one heck of a shooter. In his junior year, Clarke managed to shoot 43.9 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from behind the arc. Clarke also shot a very impressive 86 percent from the charity stripe.

    Playing in a mid-major conference, don't be surprised to see Clarke emerge as one of the best shooters in the nation, averaging nearly 20 points per game. 

4. Brady Heslip, Baylor

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    Pierre Jackson and Perry Jones III flooded the Baylor headlines last season, but Brady Heslip should get some credit as well because he can downright shoot.

    With Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller all gone, Heslip will show the college basketball world what he is made of.

    Surprisingly, Heslip shot 45.5 percent from both the field and three-point line last season. That is pretty impressive considering that he averaged 5.8 three-point shots per game. 

    Heslip may not be the most popular player on the team, but he is the type of player that you want shooting the ball when the game is on the line. 

3. Jordan Hulls, Indiana

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    Shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 49.3 percent from the three-point line is good no matter what language you speak. That is what Jordan Hulls achieved last season.

    Sure, Cody Zeller may be the man for Indiana, but Hulls is by far the best shooter on the team.

    Whether Indiana is blowing someone out or playing down to the wire in a close game, Hulls can be counted on to nail the big shot every time. He is a great shooter and there is no denying that.

2. Doug McDermott, Creighton

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    Doug McDermott is one of the best scorers in all of college basketball and has the chance to lead the nation in that category this upcoming season. 

    McDermott may stand at 6'8'', but he can drain shots from anywhere on the court—last season he shot 60.1 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from behind the arc. 

    McDermott went from 14.9 points per game to 22.9 points per game in 2011-12; don't be surprised when he takes another huge leap this season. 

1. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

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    Isaiah Canaan averaged 19 points per game last season. Much of this can be credited to his great shooting from just about anywhere on the court. 

    Canaan shot 46.8 percent from the field and 45.6 percent from the three-point line. Although he plays in a weaker conference, he still managed to score a lot of points at a very high percentage.

    Murray State may not be as good as they were last year, but they still have arguably the best shooter in all of college basketball. 


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