Duke Basketball: Top 16 Outside Shooters in Blue Devils History

Dan RenfroCorrespondent IIIJuly 7, 2011

Duke Basketball: Top 16 Outside Shooters in Blue Devils History

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    There have been some great three-point shooters in Duke Blue Devil history. Since the 1986 (institution of the three-point shot at the national level), Duke has had a vast array of players who can shoot the ball from deep.

    Throughout the past 25 years, Duke has seen a ton of success. Their outside shooting (along with defense, coaching and overall talent) has been a key component of that success.

    For this slideshow, I have ranked the best 16 three-point shooters to have ever donned a Blue Devil uniform. Feel free to let me know what you think of the rankings, or if I left any good shooter out.

16. Danny Ferry (1985-89)

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    Danny Ferry is one of the best players in Duke's decorated history. He was Parade Magazine's prep Player of the Year in 1985, and he did not disappoint at Duke.

    The forward shot just under 39 percent from behind the arc in his four years at Duke, and his all-around play, helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Fours in his four seasons.

    Ferry is one of the best shooters in Duke's history, and he used that ability to become one of the all-time great college basketball players.

15. Dahntay Jones (2001-03)

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    Dahntay Jones is one of the most underrated players in Duke's history.

    He only played for two seasons (he was a transfer from Rutgers), but he led the team in scoring as a senior captain in the 2002-03 season. In that season, he shot just under 40 percent from behind the arc, as he attacked the defense in a variety of ways.

    Although he has not had a great NBA career, Jones was a very good player for Duke in the early 2000s, and his shooting was lethal for two Sweet Sixteen teams.

14. Grant Hill (1990-94)

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    Grant Hill is one of the best players in Duke history.

    He went to three National Championships and won two of them. He was the leading scorer for the Blue Devils once Christian Laettner graduated, and he was an emotional leader for some very good teams.

    As a shooter, Hill is extremely underrated. Until his senior year, he did not take many threes. However, as a senior, he shot 100 of them and made a respectable 39. Although it was not a major part of his game, Hill could shoot when necessary and should be remembered as a good outside shooter.

13. Mike Dunleavy Jr. (1999-2002)

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    Mike Dunleavy Jr. has one of the purest shots in Duke history. His form is impeccable and, honestly, it was simply fun to watch the man shoot.

    Dunleavy has a career three-point percentage of 37.1 percent, which is extremely respectable for someone who nearly shot 500 three-pointers in three seasons (two as a full-time starter).

    Dunleavy did a lot of good things at Duke and was a key member of the 2001 National Championship team. At the end of the day, regardless of the outcome, Dunleavy still has one of the prettiest shots in college basketball history.

12. Phil Henderson (1986-90)

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    Although he is best known for his dunk over Alonzo Mourning, Phil Henderson was a pretty good shooter for Duke in the late '80s.

    In just over three years at Duke, Henderson shot 40 percent from behind the arc. He was the leading scorer on a national runner-up, and he could knock down jumpers with the best of them.

    Henderson missed a National Championship by one year, but he is still one of the best individual players Mike Krzyzewski has ever coached. His outside shot was a key component of his game.

11. Roshown McLeod (1996-98)

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    Roshown McLeod didn't shoot many threes while at Duke, but he sure made a high percentage of them.

    Shooting slightly under 40 percent (39.7) is an extremely good percentage for someone who was listed at 6'8". The forward could stretch the defense and was the leading scorer on the 1998 Elite Eight team.

    Although McLeod wasn't known as a three-point shooter, he ought to be remembered as one of the more efficient shooters in Duke Blue Devil history.

10. Jon Scheyer (2006-10)

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    Jon Scheyer was arguably the most important player on Duke's 2010 National Championship team.

    He orchestrated the offense, played good defense and knocked down shots whenever he was open. Without him, the Blue Devils would have been missing their leading scorer. More importantly, they would have been missing their emotional leader.

    Scheyer shot 38 percent from three-point range for his career. While that is not a staggering number, his outside shooting played a major role by setting up the rest of his game. Without Scheyer, I think it's safe to say that Duke would not have come close to winning their fourth championship under Coach K.

9. Andre Dawkins (2009-Present)

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    Andre Dawkins is still a young player, but he already is one of the best three-point shooters Duke has ever seen.

    He has a pure stroke, and Dawkins isn't afraid to shoot it from anywhere. Last season, he shot just under 43 percent and attempted 150 threes. His role should increase this year, and he will be taking a bunch more shots from behind the arc. If he keeps working on his game, he could score a ton of points for the Blue Devils.

    Dawkins is already one of the purest shooters Duke has ever seen. Depending on his career trajectory, he has the chance to go down as an all-time great outside shooter.

8. Jason Williams (1999-2002)

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    Jason (Jay) Williams is one of the greatest Duke players of the new millennium.

    He led the team in scoring in two consecutive years, and he helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2001 National Championship. He is one of the greatest point guards in Duke history, and who knows how great he would've been in the NBA (a 2003 motorcycle accident ruined his career and nearly took away the use of his leg).

    Williams was a great ball-handler, but the man could shoot. He was a career 39.3-percent shooter from distance, and was never afraid of the big moment. Williams was a fantastic shooter (and all-around player) in his three years at Duke, and he will always be regarded as one of the best college players since the turn of the century.

7. Tommy Amaker (1983-87)

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    Tommy Amaker was a great player for Duke in the late '80s, and it is a shame he didn't have a three-point line for his whole career.

    The line was put in across the country in the fall of 1986, Amaker's senior season. It didn't take long for Amaker to adjust. The senior shot a solid 42.7 percent from behind the arc, helping lead Duke to a Sweet Sixteen appearance.

    If he had the three-point line for his entire career, who knows how lethal Amaker could've been? Still, in his only season with the line, Amaker made a pretty good impression as a three-point shooter.

6. Christian Laettner (1988-92)

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    Christian Laettner is not remembered as a three-point shooter. While that is fair, I think it is important to not forget how good he was from behind the arc.

    Although he never shot more than 100 threes in a season (the only time he came close to triple digits was his senior year), Laettner was extremely efficient when he took his threes. As a senior, he shot an impeccable 55.7 percent en route to a second straight title.

    Laettner is an all-time great, and he should be remembered accordingly. Still, one part of his game that is often forgotten is his great shooting ability. He was a career 48.5-percent three-point shooter, which is an unbelievable number for someone so close to seven feet tall.

5. Bobby Hurley (1989-93)

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    Bobby Hurley is one of the best point guards in Duke history.

    In addition, Hurley was a pretty darn good shooter. He was a career 40.5-percent shooter, and he directed Duke's offense for four fantastic seasons that included 119 wins, two ACC Titles and two National Championships.

    Hurley was a great knockdown shooter for the Blue Devils and will forever be one of the best players to ever put on a Duke uniform.

4. Seth Curry (2010-Present)

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    Although he has only played one season for the Duke Blue Devils, Seth Curry is already one of the greatest three-point shooters in their history.

    Last year, the Liberty transfer shot a blistering 43.5 percent from behind the arc. He took on a bigger role when Kyrie Irving got hurt and proved that he could handle the pressure.

    Next year, Curry will hopefully be able to continue shooting lights out. If he does, Duke will (once again) be competing for a National Title.

3. Shane Battier (1997-2001)

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    Shane Battier was a fantastic player at Duke.

    As he kept playing, the three-point shot became a bigger and bigger part of his game. As a senior, almost half of his points came via the three, and it makes sense why he would keep shooting the three.

    Battier was a career 41.6-percent shooter, which is one of the best in ACC history. He would get himself open and was nearly automatic when he was open. Battier led the 2001 team to a National Title, and his shooting played a key role in that team's success.

2. Trajan Langdon (1994-99)

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    Trajan Langdon was a very good player for Duke in the mid to late '90s.

    He shot around 40 percent from three in each of his four seasons as a Blue Devil. He took over 800 threes in his four years and connected on nearly 350 of them (42.6 percent). Until J.J. Redick, Langdon held the Duke record for most three-pointers made.

    Langdon was a good scorer for Duke. However, he will be better-known for his consistency and fantastic shooting ability.

1. J.J. Redick (2002-06)

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    J.J. Redick is, hands down, one of the best college basketball players in the last decade.

    Redick's shooting was unmatched, for he had the ability to hit a shot from anywhere. During his senior year, he and Adam Morrison would seemingly go back and forth with spectacular performances. Despite neither of them having great NBA careers (then again, Morrison does have two more rings than LeBron James), both were tremendous in college.

    During his four seasons, Redick was one of the best shooters in college basketball. Then, by looking at the bigger picture, one realizes that he is one of the greatest shooters of all time. In fact, Redick has made the most three-point field goals in NCAA Division 1 history. With that in mind, I think it's safe to say that J.J. Redick is the greatest shooter in Duke history.