Ranking the Top 10 3-Point Threats in NCAA Basketball for 2013-14 Season
The best two three-point shooters in college basketball (in my subjective opinion) play in the same state.
Can you name those players?
Here’s a hint: One is from Canada and the other is about to set an NCAA record.
If I were commissioner of the college basketball offseason—a job I’d be willing to take on—I’d want these two to square off in a three-point shooting contest. And you could go ahead and throw the other eight shooters on this list in as well.
Feel free to name shooters I should have included. I’ll put them on the waiting list for my imaginary offseason competition.
10. Conner Frankamp, Kansas
Want to know the player who should have been most excited about Andrew Wiggins picking Kansas?
Fellow incoming freshman Conner Frankamp. Anything that gives Frankamp some space to launch threes is a good thing for the Jayhawks.
Feel free to look up some YouTube videos of this kid and watch him stroke threes. The one above shows he’s already comfortable on a big stage.
9. Michael Frazier II, Florida
Billy Donovan is always willing to let his players fire away from deep. Florida fans should be happy they get three more years of watching Michael Frazier II in Donovan’s offense.
Frazier knocked down 46.8 percent of his threes as a freshman and got better as the season progressed, making 53.6 percent during SEC play.
Next season Frazier will get a shot to become a starter—he was the first guard off the bench as a freshman. That’s not a given, however, if the NCAA allows Rutgers transfer Eli Carter to play right away.
With Florida losing Erik Murphy as a stretch 4 along with trigger-happy guards Mike Rosario and Kenny Boynton, it would make sense to get Frazier more minutes and more shots.
8. Malcolm Miller, Southern
You probably know Southern as the school that put a scare in Gonzaga in this year's NCAA tournament.
The Jaguars don’t get a lot of attention, but they proved themselves that day, and it was obvious they had some players, including Malcolm Miller, who hit three treys off the bench against Gonzaga.
Miller was one of the best microwave men in college basketball this past season. He averaged 15.8 points per game and got up six threes per game off the bench.
Miller shot 45.2 percent from deep for the season and had one of the best hot streaks of the year, making 25-of-36 (69.4 percent) from deep during a five-game stretch in January.
7. Brett Olson, Denver
Denver coach Joe Scott relies on the three-point shot as much as any coach in the country. Scott’s teams have ranked in the top 11 in three-point rate (percentage of shots taken from deep) in 10 of the last 11 seasons, according to KenPom.com.
The best shooter the last two seasons for Denver has been Brett Olson. Olson, who has a fairly quick release and great form, has shot 44.5 percent for his career. He also shot 95.1 percent from the free-throw line this past year.
6. Akeem Richmond, East Carolina
That video is of East Carolina guard Akeem Richmond winning the CIT with a buzzer-beating three.
No one should have been surprised Richmond was happy to take that shot. He’s one of the most willing chuckers in college basketball.
Richmond, a transfer guard from Rhode Island, got up 250 threes this past year although he played in less than half of ECU’s available minutes. Richmond attempted a three once every five possessions that he played.
For such a chucker, you have to respect his 42 percent mark beyond the arc.
5. Sean Armand, Iona
Sean Armand has been one of the most consistent shooters around in college basketball. Armand is a 42.7 percent three-point shooter for his career and made a three in all but one game this past season for the Gaels.
Armand knocked down seven treys three times in 2012-13 and hit a career-high nine threes against Canisius. With Lolo Jones graduating, Armand should adopt a role other than three-point specialist, as he’ll likely become Iona’s go-to scorer for the first time in his career.
4. Joe Harris, Virginia
If you’re putting on a shooting clinic, pop in a tape of Joe Harris and let his picture-perfect jumper do the teaching.
Harris has great balance, good lift and perfect form. That helped him shoot 42.5 percent from long range this past year. That’s an impressive mark for a player who demanded a lot of defensive attention and took a lot of contested shots.
3. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Whether you can’t stand the guy or love his act, you cannot take your eyes off Marshall Henderson. And you might as well stay glued to Henderson, because it’s only a matter of time before he lets loose a bomb.
Henderson set an NCAA record for three-point attempts (394) in his first season at Ole Miss. The previous record was 380 by Kevin Foster of Santa Clara.
Henderson made only 35.7 percent of his threes, but it’s hard to measure his shooting percentages compared to other players because he takes such difficult shots. His lift on his jumper, endless amounts of energy and a green light from coach Andy Kennedy allow him to get up all those attempts.
2. Nik Stauskas, Michigan
If you want to prove you’re a better shooter than Nik Stauskas, then wait for a good rain, head outside and record yourself shooting threes. Once you make 46 in a row, you’ll be better than Stauskas.
The Canadian wasn’t too bad indoors in his freshman year, either. He shot 44 percent and had one of the best shooting performances of the NCAA tournament, knocking down all six of his treys in Michigan's Elite Eight win over Florida.
1. Travis Bader, Oakland
If you don’t know the name Travis Bader, you will by the end of next season.
Bader is on track to break J.J. Redick’s record for the most threes made in a career. Redick’s record is 457 and Bader is at 357. He led the nation in three-pointers made last year with 139, and he made 124 as a sophomore. Barring an injury, Bader should break the record.
And as you’ll see in that video, his shot is so pure he can control how it goes through the net.
Other ideas for who should be on this list? Tweet me at @cjmoore4