Sure, the high-flyers and rim-rockers able to bring the crowd to their feet are entertaining to watch, but nothing is more beautiful than watching the pure fluidity and fundamentally sound shot of jump shooters in basketball.
These shooters may have been superstars, middling players or role players, but all of them contributed to their team and did so by putting up some of the prettiest jump shots ever seen.
How can one justify and be the self-arbiter to determine who had (or currently has) the prettiest shot in college basketball history?
The discussion becomes a somewhat apples-to-apples discussion and evaluation, but there needs to be a certain criteria to be followed when creating such a list:
—Players like Steve Kerr and Kyle Korver are better known for being "specialists," rather than players with exquisite jumpers. For that reason, they are ruled out of the conversation automatically.
—The same can be said for Dell Curry. Although blessed with one of the fastest releases the NBA has ever seen, his shot was by far the prettiest.
—Also, the player must have spent at least two seasons in college to be nominated (sorry, Carmelo).
—The two-point and three-point shots hold the same weight, especially considering that the three-point line wasn't universally instituted in college basketball until 1986.
Now, with all that in mind—and remembering that the game has evolved, witnessed a plethora of different eras and seen shooters both tall and small play the game—I volunteered in the undertaking of assembling what I feel is the most accurate list of college basketball's prettiest shots you will ever see.
Without further ado...