5 Biggest Three-Point Bombers in College Basketball

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2016

5 Biggest Three-Point Bombers in College Basketball

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    Often, the most exciting players on a basketball court can be the three-point shooters. Watching them get on a roll provides some of the most awe-inspiring moments for a basketball spectator.

    However, lots of three-point shooters are streaky. They will go through a stretch where they cannot miss and then suddenly the ball will stop dropping through the rim.

    Here are some of the guys who will keep shooting, regardless of whether or not their shots are falling.

Kevin Foster, Santa Clara

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    Kevin Foster has been a three-point bomber since the moment he put on a Santa Clara uniform.

    As a freshman, Foster shot seven treys per game and made 36.6 percent of them.

    As a redshirt sophomore, he led the nation with 380 three-point attempts. He averaged 20.2 points per game that season, which stands as his career-high.

    Over the years, Foster has learned to rely less on the three-point shot as he has become a more well-rounded player. This season, while still hoisting up 8.5 three-pointers per game, he is shooting 39.8 percent from the field, his best mark since his freshman year. He is also No. 4 in the nation with 3.2 steals per game.

    Still, don't expect Foster to hesitate to much from beyond the arc. He has had four games this season when he shot 13 or more three-pointers, making as many as seven in a single outing.

Travis Bader, Oakland

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    With Reggie Hamilton gone, Travis Bader had to step up and become Oakland's main scorer. So far, he has done just that, averaging 20.2 points per game.

    A big part in his scoring boost has been the use of the three-point shot, as he puts up more than 10 treys per game.

    He has attempted at least seven three-pointers in every game this year—and eight times, he has shot at least 10 of them.

    His best shooting performances have come against D-III Albion and NAIA Rochester, but just the other week he posted 25 points against West Virginia while shooting 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss

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    Even after putting up only six three-pointers in each of his last two games, Marshall Henderson is averaging 10.8 three-point attempts per game.

    In each of Ole Miss' first eight games, he attempted at least 10 three-pointers. Against Indiana State at the Diamond Head Classic, he jacked up 16 treys and made seven of them—both career-highs.

Omar Strong, Texas Southern

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    In terms of efficiency, Omar Strong is far from a good three-point shooter. But that does not keep him from jacking up 11.4 three-pointers per game (and making 34.3 percent of them).

    In a near upset of Colorado in November, Strong led the way with 39 points. Out of his 13 made field-goals, nine of them came from beyond the arc. 

    A couple of games later, Strong scored 29 points at Houston while draining 8-of-16 from deep.

    Thanks to his relentless three-point barrage, he currently leads Texas Southern in scoring and is No. 5 in the SWAC with 15.5 points per game.

Rotnei Clarke, Butler

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    Rotnei Clarke's three-point shooting is no secret to the world.

    Clarke, who transferred from Arkansas to Butler for his senior season, set an SEC record during his sophomore season by making 13 three-pointers in a game against Alcorn State. In that game, Clarke posted an astounding 51 points.

    This season, his three-point shooting is at a career-best.

    Clarke is making three-pointers at 45.4 percent of the time while taking 8.8 treys per game. More importantly, he can hit from basically anywhere on the floor.

    Against top competition this year, he has performed well, making 6-of-13 from the outside against Illinois and 5-of-11 in an upset of then-No. 1 Indiana.