Ranking the 25 Best 3-Point Shooters in College Basketball in 2013-14

Scott Henry@@4QuartersRadioFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2014

Ranking the 25 Best 3-Point Shooters in College Basketball in 2013-14

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    The three-point shot is often called college basketball's great equalizer, and the best shooters can be dangerous players in unassuming bodies. A timely three-pointer can end an opponent's hot streak, start a frantic late-game rally or blow a close game open, making the mad bomber an important piece of any decent team.

    Some of the nation's best shooters are volume gunners who throw up the shots until something falls. Others are snipers who make the most of the looks they get, valuing efficiency above all.

    Players were evaluated on how many triples they've made this season, how much of their scoring is predicated on the three-pointer and what percentage of their shots they hit.

    There are approximately 4,500 players in Division I, and sussing out the 25 best shooters is painstaking work. Even though we've tacked on 12 honorable mention selections, there will still be plenty of missing names. The ensuing debates can be fun, as long as the reader kindly refrains from rude comments about the columnist's mother/wife/daughters.

    All that said, let's take our best shot at the nation's best shooters.

    Stats courtesy of StatSheet.com unless otherwise noted.

    All figures accurate through games on Jan. 15.

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    These 12 gunners are players with solid name value, mostly competing for tournament-quality programs. They simply may not be as consistent or prolific as the players in the top 25 proper.

    Drew Barham, Gonzaga: The Memphis transfer has discovered his shooting stroke since joining the Zags. After shooting less than 28 percent over his two years as a Tiger, he's drained 46.7 percent in a career-high 20 minutes per game this season.

    Billy Baron, Canisius: A 23-point-per-game scorer this season, Baron ranks in the nation's top 10. It helps that he's knocking in a career-best 43 percent of his threes. He's 17th in America with 52 three-pointers made.

    Ben Brust, Wisconsin: Brust gets nearly two-thirds of his points from beyond the arc. He's hitting 42.3 percent and has drained a total of 47 threes. He's either first or second in the Big Ten in all three columns.

    Trevor Cooney, Syracuse: Cooney's gone from a seldom-used freshman reserve to a feared gunner in his second season. He's drained five or more threes in seven different games this year.

    Andre Dawkins, Duke: Dawkins' 45.2 three-point percentage is the best of his career, but his 15 minutes per game are down from his previous two seasons. Everyone's playing time is in flux as Mike Krzyzewski struggles to find a cohesive defensive lineup.

    Kellen Dunham, Butler: Dunham is shooting 39.3 percent, up markedly from his freshman year, but he's trailing behind some fast company in this group. He arrived as a go-to guy with a 32-point game (6-of-9 from three) against Washington State.

    Michael Frazier, Florida: Almost half of the Gators' three-point baskets (44 of 96) come off Frazier's sizzling hand. He ranks 23rd in the nation at a 46.8 shooting percentage.

    Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss: Henderson hoists 11.5 three-point attempts per game, draining more than 39 percent. That's a four-point improvement over last year. He put up a ludicrous 23 tries in an overtime loss to Oregon, making 10.

    Rodney Hood, Duke: Hood isn't as prolific as some of the top 25, but he's highly efficient with the shots he does take. His 46.8 three-point percentage leads the ACC.

    Jermaine Marshall, Arizona State: Marshall is sizzling this season, drilling 46 of 100 attempts to rank in the top 40 nationwide in both three-pointers made and three-point percentage. Still, this kind of efficiency is new to him, as he was a 32.6 percent career shooter entering this year.

    Nic Moore, SMU: Only seven players in the nation are shooting 50 percent or better from long range. SMU point guard Moore is the least prolific of the bunch, but he's still knocked down three or more triples in eight of his 16 games.

    Rashad Muhammad, San Jose State: The Spartan freshman is the younger brother of ex-UCLA star/current Minnesota Timberwolf Shabazz Muhammad. Rashad is easily the more consistent shooter, pouring in nearly 47 percent from deep.

25. Will Saunders, Charleston Southern

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    The Charleston Southern Buccaneers, true to their name, are a swashbuckling crew that loves to make it rain from three-point land. Almost half of CSU's shots come from the arc, and 6'7" Englishman Will Saunders is the leader of the bomb squad.

    Saunders is a junior college transfer who hit 40.8 percent of his threes at the College of Central Florida, helping lead the school to the 2013 NJCAA Division I national title. That production made him an intriguing addition to a CSU roster led by star guards Saah Nimley and Arlon Harper.

    His JUCO performance, though, was no preparation for what he's accomplished so far at CSU.

    Saunders has hit 45.2 percent of his triples, with more than four of every five shots coming from that range.

    The knock on Saunders thus far is that he's struggled against Southern's bigger competition, making only three of his 15 combined shots against New Mexico, Alabama and Florida State. He did, however score 16 points on 4-of-8 from deep in a narrow loss to Baylor.

24. Anton Wilson, Detroit

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    Sophomore Anton Wilson is part of a dangerous backcourt rotation for the Detroit Titans, currently averaging 8.8 points in 21.7 minutes per game. If he got full-time minutes, he'd put up some SportsCenter-worthy shooting barrages, Horizon League or not.

    Wilson leads the Horizon with a 43.0 three-point percentage, sinking 40 of 93 attempts. Although, if we want to quibble, he has padded the figures with a combined 10-of-15 against things called Michigan-Dearborn and Indiana Tech.

    Don't discount Wilson completely, however. He dropped six of 10 in two meetings with Toledo and nine of 15 in back-to-back games against Akron and Bowling Green of the MAC. The latter two kick-started a run of six straight double-figure scoring games that was ended last Saturday against Oakland.

    Wilson's not as consistent as some of this list's other gunners, but when he's hot, he's dangerous. By the time he's a senior, expect him to be the Horizon's most feared shooter.

23. Tanner Samson, Elon

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    If Elon's opponents lose sight of 6'4" sophomore guard Tanner Samson, he'll rain jumpers on their heads all night.

    Samson has drained 44.9 percent from three-point land this season, an improvement of nearly 10 percent on his freshman-year success rate. He's made four or more triples in nine different games, including battles with Colorado and Georgetown.

    Recent results haven't been as kind to Samson or his Phoenix teammates, with the player going 6-of-27 (22.2 percent) from long range over the last five games and his team going 3-2 in that span.

    The pure shooter treats the area inside the arc as if it's shark-infested water, putting up only 15 two-point attempts in 17 games. Nearly 80 percent of his career points have come on threes.

22. C.J. Wilcox, Washington

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    Most players become less efficient scorers as their role in a team's offense expands. C.J. Wilcox has bucked that trend for the Washington Huskies, blossoming into a 20-point scorer after inheriting the team from future pros Isaiah Thomas, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten.

    Wilcox has been a designated sniper in the past, sinking 40 percent from deep as a redshirt freshman and sophomore. He had a down year as a junior, but he's bounced back with a vengeance so far this year. The 6'5" wingman has drained a career-best 42.6 percent from the arc, including 46.3 percent (19-of-41) in UW's 3-2 Pac-12 start.

    His signature moment came this past Sunday, when the Huskies upset then-No. 15 Colorado. Wilcox threw in 31 points, 21 in the second half, and made seven of 12 from long range.

    The senior is the only Husky who has played in the NCAA tournament, and he aims to get back there this season. "I want to have that experience, because it doesn’t come too often," Wilcox told the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger's Brendan Prunty. "Just to come back and have everybody back, I want them to experience that stage."

    His shooting will be Washington's primary weapon as it fights for a bid out of the resurgent Pac-12.

21. Melvin Johnson III, Arkansas State

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    Arkansas State is off to a 3-1 start in the Sun Belt Conference despite leading scorer Melvin Johnson III hitting a brief shooting skid. Johnson has hit seven of his 20 three-point attempts in conference play after making 56.5 percent in the Red Wolves' first 11 games.

    Johnson was a career 40.3 percent three-point shooter as an occasional starter at Texas-San Antonio. After sitting out a season following his transfer, Johnson has stroked at a vastly improved 51.2 clip, good for fifth in the nation.

    It hasn't all been feasting on sad-sack competition, either.

    Johnson made 4-of-8 from deep against Wyoming, 3-of-5 against Colorado and 3-of-5 against Nebraska. The Belt appears wide open early in the season, so Johnson could certainly shoot ASU into the NCAA tournament if he heats up at the right time.

20. Kyle Boswell, UC Santa Barbara

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    If you're looking for a college basketball player who seems to be okay with an instant bench scoring role, UC Santa Barbara's Kyle Boswell might be your guy.

    Boswell is in the Big West Conference's top 15 in scoring, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio this season, but he's started a grand total of 24 games in his career.

    Last season was Boswell's low-water mark in three-point percentage at 41.9, and he's bounced back well this season. His current 47.3 shooting percentage ranks him in the nation's top 20.

    The Gauchos made some headlines when they knocked off UNLV in mid-November, and Boswell was a major reason for the result. He knocked in 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the arc. UCLA (5-of-9) and Utah State (7-of-11) are other major opponents that have been unable to shut Boswell down.

19. Riley Grabau, Wyoming

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    It took until the 16th game of Wyoming's season for junior guard Riley Grabau to be held scoreless from three-point range. Boise State played solid defense on the Cowboy gunner, but not solid enough on everyone else to prevent the Cowboys from taking the victory.

    Grabau (pronounced GRAY-bow) had just come off of a career-high 24 points, including 4-of-8 from the arc, against New Mexico, the second time in as many seasons that he's set a new mark against the Lobos.

    For the season, Grabau is third in the nation in three-point percentage, making 40 of 77 for 51.9 percent. He's also a 90 percent free-throw shooter, which helps put his true shooting percentage (TS%) in the top 10 nationally.

18. Maodo Lo, Columbia

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    As a freshman, Columbia guard Maodo Lo was a streaky part-time starter who only hit any kind of stride when Ivy League play began. He averaged nine points per game in conference games, establishing him as a potential contributor in his sophomore year.

    He certainly has filled that role this season, scoring 20 points in five of the Lions' first 17 games after doing so only once all of last year. Where Lo has really excelled is in using his newly improved shooting stroke. His 53.2 three-point percentage is one of the best in the nation, a shocking improvement over last year's 30 percent.

    Lo has hit a massive hot streak in his last four gamesall Columbia victoriesmaking a combined 19-of-31 in that span. In case you weren't paying attention, he also made 4-of-5 in the Lions' valiant loss to Michigan State.

    The three-pointer is considered basketball's great equalizer, and the rest of the Ivy League could use one as the other seven members try to challenge Harvard's expected iron-fisted rule.

    If the Lions are able to take down the Crimson, Lo's long jumpers will be crucial.

17. Jared Brownridge, Santa Clara

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    Remember back in November 2011 when Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos throttled Washington State with 33 points on 9-of-13 three-point shooting in his second collegiate game?

    Well, Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge didn't hit nine bombs and wasn't playing a Division I opponent, let alone a Pac-12 school, but he jumped right in and took over the Broncos' offense in his debut.

    Brownridge, a 6'2" freshman guard from Aurora, Ill., led SCU with 25 points in a dismantling of Bethesda University, an independent Christian school based in Anaheim, Calif. The rookie drained 5-of-10 from the arc, and he's barely slowed down since.

    Over 17 games, Brownridge averages nearly three long-range makes per game and has hit 45.4 percent of his tries. His 54 baskets rank him in the national top 20. He's averaging 15.8 points a game with eight 20-point nights already.

    Another big moment came in another game against a non-Division I opponent. Brownridge set a school record with seven triples in a win over NAIA member La Sierra. He broke the previous record held by Santa Clara's most famous son, longtime NBA point guard Steve Nash.

    Hitting a quantity of shots is one thing, but Brownridge has also started making baskets of quality. His 25-footer with 1.2 seconds left sealed the Broncos' 57-55 win over St. Mary's.

16. Sebastian Koch, Elon

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    The Elon Phoenix are among the nation's top 40 three-point shooting teams, thanks to the efforts of guard Tanner Samson (see about seven slides back) and 6'8" wing Sebastian Koch.

    Koch is already within 70 points and 10 three-pointers of his career highs for a season, thanks to a solid 45.9 three-point percentage. He's already had four games of five or more three-point baskets, including a 27-point, 9-of-14 explosion in a loss to Colorado. He followed that with 15 points and four three-pointers against Georgetown.

    Koch's not quite as single-minded as some of our top guns when it comes to looking for his own shot—he ranks second on his team at three assists per gamebut when he finds a groove like he did against the Buffaloes, he's worth watching.

    Unless, that is, you're an opponent like the Citadel, which surrendered 11 points to Koch in the final three minutes of the first half of Elon's 74-65 win last weekend. Then it's simply time to cover your eyes.

15. Kyle Anderson, Delaware

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    About the only similarity Delaware guard Kyle Anderson shares with the UCLA playmaker of the same name is, well, that name.

    Delaware's Anderson is 6'2" and white, neither of which apply to the Bruin. The Blue Hen guard is also more prone to taking over games from outside the arc.

    Anderson East has already carded seven games of four or more three-point makes, and the Hens are 4-3 in those outings. The losses are free of shamea four-pointer to Villanova, a five-point defeat to Notre Dame and a seven-point loss to St. Bonaventure.

    In total, Anderson ranks ninth in the nation with 57 made triples. His 44.5 shooting percentage still stands in the national top 50 despite a recent five-game skid.

    Anderson is 10-of-38 in those five games, but UD has won all five. The Hens' fortunes may not rise and fall with their shooter, but the team is still strong enough to win the Colonial championship. If they reach the NCAA tournament, watch their draw closely.

14. Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington

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    Does it qualify as irony that the only time Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey has been held without a made three-pointer was the game in which the Eagles blasted Long Island for 102 points?

    Every other EWU opponent has allowed the 6'4" sophomore to drop at least two triples.

    Harvey has hit 57 long shots in 15 games, an average of 3.8 per night. His total ranks him seventh in the country, while his 45.2 three-point percentage stands in the national top 50.

    Harvey is second in the Big Sky Conference at 20.3 points per game, with 30-point games against Seattle and Weber State already on the ledger. His numbers have been buoyed a bit by encounters with institutions like Walla Walla and Pacific (Ore.), but he also scored 28 points against Washington and 19 versus UConn.

13. Ryan Sypkens, UC Davis

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    In UC Davis' five wins this season, senior guard Ryan Sypkens has sizzled. He's averaged 19 points per game and made an insane 28 of 44 three-point shots. That's a 63.6 percent success rate, folks.

    In the Aggies' 12 losses, Sypkens has been strictly room temperature.

    The scoring average drops to 9.1 and the three-point percentage falls to 34.1. Backcourt mate Corey "Hersey's Kid" Hawkins draws what few headlines UCD earns, but Sypkens' shooting has been even more pivotal.

    Take the good, take the bad, take them both and Sypkens has 58 made three-pointers, good for seventh in the nation. His 43.9 percent conversion rate is a step down from last year, but he still has a shot at ranking in the national top 50 for the third time in his career.

    With 278 career triples made, Sypkens is only 33 shy of the Big West record held by Pacific's Adam Jacobsen. He's made that many in his last eight games, so the record could be his by Valentine's Day.

12. Drew Windler, Belmont

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    Slender forward Drew Windler has thrived in Belmont's jump shot-centric offense after transferring in from a productive three-year stint at Samford. The 6'9" senior is third on the Bruins' scoring chart at 11.5 points per game, but he's more noteworthy for the quality of his shots than the quantity.

    Windler has posted strong shooting numbers across the board, making 59 percent of his two-point shots, 53.2 percent from threebest in Americaand 74.4 from the foul line. His effective field-goal percentage (72.3) and true shooting percentage (73.1) both rank in the nation's top five.

    He's no flash in the pan making overnight improvements, either. Windler is a career 49 percent shooter from the floor and 45 percent from deep, meaning he's a weapon that any potential March opponent must account for.

    Speaking of tough draws, Belmont doesn't shy away from quality opponents, and Windler doesn't back down from them, either. Two of his best games of the season came against blue-bloods North Carolina (16 PTS, 3 STL, 4-of-6 3PT) and Kentucky (21 PTS, 6 REB, 5-of-8 3PT).

11. Brian Oliver, Seton Hall

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    In two years at Georgia Tech, Brian Oliver was a volume shooter and little more. The 6'7" wing hurled up 292 threes in 58 games, but he only hit 33.9 percent of those attempts. When you share a name with an unrelated gunner who helped take Tech to the 1990 Final Four, the volume of fan expectation can be loud.

    Oliver's thrived in a quieter environment at Seton Hall, moving back to his home state. His year and change in South Orange has seen him make 98 of 244 shots, or 40.1 percent. This season in particular has yielded a renaissance for Oliver, as he's among the nation's top 50 shooters at 45.2 percent.

    Oliver was at his deadliest when the Pirates needed a win over LIU Brooklyn. Star swingman Fuquan Edwin sprained an ankle in that game, but Oliver more than made up the slack, scoring 26 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

    Since SHU began Big East play, Oliver's pumped in 17 of 31 from deep, good for a 54.8 three-point percentage over four games.

10. Phil Forte, Oklahoma State

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    For the most part, Oklahoma State's Phil Forte has shot the lights out at will.

    He already has nine games with three or more triples made and has broken the 20-point mark three times. His 12-point-per-game average is heady stuff for a player who's started only one game in his career so far.

    Working alongside high school teammate Marcus Smart, Forte has a point guard who knows where he wants the ball and has the skill to get it there. The results were impressive enough last season when Forte set an OSU freshman record for three-pointers made with 68. With 46 makes through 17 games, Forte's on pace to better that mark by Valentine's Day.

    Forte's shot selection has improved, with his three-point-attempts average down and his shooting percentage up a whopping 14 points. This season's 47.9 success rate stands 10th in the country.

    In a much more consistent season, Forte still had one hiccup. Compared to a 6-of-7 night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff or 4-of-7 versus Colorado, his 1-of-10 shooting against Delaware State stands out like a Baby Ruth in a swimming pool.

9. Sean Armand, Iona

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    Iona senior Sean Armand is like a high-volume water pipe, capable of flooding out an opponent quickly when he erupts. It's odd to think that no player in the illustrious history of Madison Square Garden had ever drilled 10 three-pointers in a game before Armand did it in January 2012, but that was in fact a record-setting night.

    There haven't been any 10s in the "3PM" column for Armand this season, but he has put up a couple of sixes against Marist and Siena. The Siena game was noteworthy because the pipe had been clogged for two games prior to that night, Armand's first back-to-back games without a three in almost two years.

    In his postgame comments, Siena coach Jimmy Patsos told the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union's Mark Singelais, "When you come out and say, Armand hasn’t scored, you really have to worry about him, and all of a sudden he’s wide open a couple of times, if you don’t know who Sean Armand is, I surely do.”

    Armand's next three-point basket will give him 300 for his career. For this season, he's second in the MAAC in both three-pointers made (47) and three-point percentage (43.9).

8. Jeff Elorriaga, Boise State

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    Boise State sniper Jeff Elorriaga is much more judicious with his looks than most of the nation's other top shooters. Because of that careful selection, he's one of the country's highest-percentage three-point threats, even with recent defenses figuring out how to take him away.

    Over Boise's last five games, the senior sharpshooter has made only five of his 22 attempts, and that includes 4-of-10 in a win over Fresno State.

    Despite that skid, Elorriaga still stands at 50 percent for the season, one of only six players in the nation who can make that claim.

    The 6'2" guard still has eight games of three or more makes, but he's also struggled through eight with one or none.

7. Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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    With athletes like Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III to attack the rim last season, Michigan's Nik Stauskas could afford to occasionally hang out in the corner and wait for a pass. He displayed more depth to his game as the season wore on, but Burke's heroics commanded the headlines.

    With Burke and Hardaway now in the NBA, Stauskas has taken over as the Wolverines' primary scoring option. He's proving that he can get buckets from anywhere, shooting 55 percent from two-point range. He's already attempted more free throws than he did all last season.

    Stauskas is, however, still a sniper at heart, taking more than half his shots from outside the arc.

    Despite being a much bigger name on the scouting report, Stauskas has slightly improved his three-point percentage to 45.1, tops in the Big Ten.

    The next goal is for the Mississauga (Ont.) missile launcher to keep his shooting percentage steady in conference play. Last season, Stauskas slumped to 37 percent against Big Ten opposition and he's at 38.1 through four games this year. The difference this season is that taking away his three-point shot is not the same thing as cutting him out of the game.

6. Brady Heslip, Baylor

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    In Brady Heslip's first two games of the season, he drained nine of 16 threes in wins over Colorado and South Carolina. In Baylor's first two conference games, Heslip was exactly that efficient in a loss to Iowa State and a win over TCU.

    Overall, he was shooting just short of 50 percent on the season heading into Wednesday's game against Texas Tech, which makes his 0-of-5 performance all the more befuddling.

    Heslip has rebounded well from last season's disappointing 38.6 three-point percentage. He ranks 21st in the nation at 46.8 percent this season, even after the goose egg against Tech.

    Last season's struggles underscored Heslip's value to the Bears, coinciding with their dip into the NIT. With the senior rediscovering his stroke, it's no coincidence that Baylor should return to the Big Dance. How far the team advances will depend heavily on Heslip hitting his shots.

5. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

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    Similar to fellow Canadian Nik Stauskas, Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos has increased his role in his team's offense with the departure of an All-American and his veteran sidekick.

    With Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris gone, GU's backcourt of Pangos and Gary Bell has had to step up production. Both have struggled with injuries, but Pangos has kept plugging through his aches and pains. They haven't derailed his shot, though, as he's sinking a career-best 48.1 from the arc, good for ninth in the country.

    He's as prolific as he is consistent, knocking in three deep shots per game, 51 in total. If GU were to win the WCC tournament and reach the national finals, that average would put him on pace to break Dan Dickau's school record for a season. As it is, Pangos should easily break the career record of 288 held by Blake Stepp. He's currently 80 short.

    Before the Arkansas Razorbacks were exposing Kentucky's inability to box out and scoring game-winning tip dunks, Pangos carpet-bombed them into submission in the Maui Invitational fifth-place game. The Holland Landing (Ont.) howitzer scored an impressive 34 points and made seven of eight from the arc.

4. Akeem Richmond, East Carolina

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    Akeem Richmond isn't the most efficient shooter on this list. In fact, he may actually be the biggest scatter-gunner.

    But when he gets it in his mind to fire away, the defense must be on high alert to close him down.

    "I had it in my mind, before the game even started, before the ball even got thrown into the air, that I was going to take over the game," Richmond said to the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer's Bret Strelow after East Carolina's Jan. 2 win against Campbell. "I went out and played really, really hard."

    That's putting it mildly. Richmond crushed the Camels for 37 points, his second game this season with that total. In both, he hit exactly 10 of 17 from behind the arc. No other Division I player has carded two games with double-digit three-pointers.

    On the season, Richmond has hit 75 three-pointers in 16 games, second-most in the nation. His mark of 39.3 percent is fourth in Conference USAnot a terrible figure, but less precise than most of his contemporaries here.

    Over ECU's last six games, Richmond is on a slight rise, sinking 33 of 79 shots for 41.8 percent in that span. Conference USA defenses must always look out for No. 1, lest he bury them in a blizzard of buckets.

3. Karvel Anderson, Robert Morris

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    Earlier, we discussed the extreme shooting splits that illustrated Ryan Sypkens' importance to UC Davis. Senior guard Karvel Anderson has a similar effect on Robert Morris' fortunes.

    In the Colonials' seven wins so far this season, Anderson has hit 36 of his 59 three-point attempts, a 61 percent clip. He averages 23.9 points in those games, buoyed by 36- and 32-point nights in his last two. He's also 15-of-22 on two-point shots, so don't confuse him with the one-dimensional spot-up artists.

    RMU has suffered 10 losses, and Anderson's fortunes have suffered right along with themalthough we use the word "suffered" somewhat loosely here. Anderson has averaged 16.1 points per game in the losses, making 36.2 percent from the arc. A lot of players in America, let alone the Northeast Conference, would mortgage a kidney for numbers like those.

    On the season, Anderson is fifth in the nation in three-pointers made (61) and 12th in three-point percentage (47.7).

    The Elkhart, Ind. native styles himself "ThaBestKeptScrt" on Twitter, but more games like the last couple could get him and his team on national airwaves more often, whether they're stuffing Kentucky in the NIT or not.

2. Travis Bader, Oakland

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    USA Today told the story this week of Oakland guard Travis Bader's relentless work ethic when it comes to his shot. Ex-Grizzlies assistant/current Oakland women's coach Jeff Tungate walked past Bader working out when Tungate arrived, then found him in the same place at quitting time that day.

    "When I passed by him that second time, I thought to myself, 'does the kid ever leave the gym?'" Tungate said to writer Steven Braid. "You want to know the secret to having success? Just watch him."

    Any list of the nation's top shooters is incomplete without the man who will soon become the NCAA's most prolific three-point threat. Bader currently sits at 443 career triples, 14 short of J.J. Redick's all-time record. Barring injury or a superb defensive effort from Horizon League opponents, Bader should surpass Redick before the month is out.

    Bader was his most consistent as a freshman, when he made 44 percent of 212 attempts. In each of the last two seasons, Bader has hoisted more than 300 long shots, and he's already taken a nation-leading 216 this year.

    Hitting a shade under 40 percent, Bader's still more efficient than conscience-free chuckers like Marshall Henderson or Akeem Richmond. His firework shows are coming to an end soon, but he's got his name prominently displayed in the all-time record books.

1. Ethan Wragge, Creighton

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    Creighton bomber Ethan Wragge has no use for any area inside the three-point arc. During the fifth-year senior's career, he's attempted a total of 53 two-point shots.

    Compare that to his 653 tries from long range.

    His 287 career makes give him a 44 percent career success rate, but he's dwarfing that with a 50-percent mark this year. No other shooter in America ranked in the top 15 in three-pointers made, three-pointers attempted, three-point percentage and percentage of points from three-pointers shot.

    Wragge makes a living off all the attention that two-time All-American Doug McDermott draws from defenses, hitting three or more long shots in 12 of the Bluejays' 17 games. The 6'7" forward drilled seven against St. Joseph's and five each against San Diego State and Xavier.

    Thanks to his respectable beard, Wragge has been referred to as "The Lumberjack." He's a constant threat to chop down even the biggest lead, so opponents throw a game into cruise control at their peril if they get ahead of the Jays.

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