The winner is...
TAY WALLER – Auburn, Senior – 10.40 - Last Year: N.A.
This is a pretty shocking upset, as Waller was practically unknown amongst the media types who regularly drooled over Kentucky's Jodie Meeks. Waller provided a vast majority of Auburn's points from behind the arc—272 attempts worth—and brought down a solid percentage of those shots.
Waller is a reliable ball-handler, a somewhat streaky shooter overall, and a great shot from the charity stripe.
2. Jodie Meeks – Kentucky, NBA Draft – 10.57 – Last Year: 15.94
Meeks was the super-star shooter of the SEC last season, and for good reason. Meeks easily led the conference by hitting 40.6 percent of his 288 attempts from long-range, which also led the league. Meeks carried the Wildcats a season ago, with his speed and pure shooting ability nearly unstoppable for five opponents to guard, much less one.
3. Rotnei Clarke – Arkansas, Sophomore – 11.37 – Last Year: N.A.
One of only two Razorbacks to start every game last season, Clarke likely would have challenged, if not won, SEC Freshman of the Year had he played for a team that didn't crash and burn worse than the Hindenburg.
Clarke—as a freshman, mind you—shot nearly 40 percent from behind the arc, 93.5 percent from the charity stripe, and managed a 1.28 assist-to-turnover ratio. This kid will be a superstar if and when Arkansas ever gets some feet beneath its program.
4. Rickey McPhee – Georgia, Senior – 11.71 – Last Year: N.A.
McPhee was little-used last season for the Bulldogs, as he saw just 25 games, but proved to be a solid contributor. Just 14 of his 80 shots were not from three-point distance, as he didn't necessarily favor being guarded. McPhee isn't a big-time player, but a solid shooter on a team in desperate need of role-players.
5. Evaldas Banilius – South Carolina, Senior – 11.81 – Last Year: 12.71
Banilius is likely the best shooter in the league, if not one of the best in the nation, that noone has heard about. He didn't come close to attempting enough shots to be counted, but if he had he’d be the best three-point shooter in the league barring outliers at 48.0 percent with 100 attempts.
Banilius needs to work on his ball-handling and defense, but is a dangerous shooter that thrives with Downey at the point.
6. David Huertas - Ole Miss, Overseas - 12.35 – Last Year: 12.15
Huertas became the prime offensive weapon for the Rebels after the team suffered a loss of three starters as the season began. Huertas led the team with 18.1 points per game, but took an inordinate amount of shots from long-range and wasn’t spectacularly efficient.
Huertas was the best option for the Rebels last season, but if the returning players can get healthy, some more efficient scorers need to pick up the slack left by his departure.
7. Erving Walker – Florida, Sophomore – 12.41 – Last Year: N.A.
Walker joins Clarke and a select few other SEC sophomores that could have garnered SEC Freshman of the Year in better circumstances and have the potential to be SEC Player of the Year eventually. Walker is an outstanding shot from three—and everywhere else on the court—is admirably selfless with the ball, and is solid on defense.
8. Ravern Johnson – Mississippi State, Junior – 13.25 – Last Year: 26.71
Johnson, who led the nation in three-point percentage after the halfway-point last season, is one of the most dangerous pure-shooters in the league. His slashing skills began to surface last season, but his height of his body and his jump-shot are nearly impossible for most guards to defend.
Johnson is a Meeks-like shooter with SEC Player of the Year potential if he could work on his turnovers.
9. Brad Tinsley – Vanderbilt, Sophomore – 13.91 – Last Year: N.A.
Tinsley falls into the previously mentioned list of super-star freshmen who are set to hit the league big-time. Tinsley put up huge efficiency numbers as a freshman in the wake of Shan Foster’s departure, and is an outstanding shooter.
Tinsley can score from anywhere on the floor and defends very well. Tinsley and Ogilvy should make an exciting pair in 2009-10.
10. Marcus Thornton – LSU, Graduated – 14.31 – Last Year: 11.59
Thornton's production-per-minute dropped severely from a season ago, and it's surprising to see such a talented shooter so low on the list. Thornton worked on shot selection and his percentages increased while his timed efficiency took a hit.
Thornton—the league's Player of the Year in 2008-09—was still overwhelmingly potent on the offensive end and clearly the best overall player in the league.
The opposite end of the spectrum...
Minimum of 10 total threes made set
1. Tasmin Mitchell – LSU, Senior – 113.70 – Last Year: N.A.
2. Quantez Robertson – Auburn, Graduated – 58.82 – Last Year: 36.00
3. George Drake – Vanderbilt, Senior – 52.20 – Last Year: 66.00
4. Zac Swansey – Georgia, Transfer – 51.33 – Last Year: 55.30
5. DeAndre Liggins – Kentucky, Sophomore – 45.50 – Last Year: N.A.
6. Dominique Archie – South Carolina, Senior – 43.43 – Last Year: 42.04
7. Darius Miller – Kentucky, Sophomore – 42.44 – Last Year: N.A.
8. Josh Tabb – Tennessee, Senior – 40.43 – Last Year: 65.25
9. Tyler Smith – Tennessee, Senior – 39.54 – Last Year: 72.64