Top-15 3-Point Shooters in College Basketball for 2020-21
Alex Barcello BYU
The best three-point shooter that’s returning is Alex Barcelo on 104 attempts the former Arizona Wildcats player, now BYU Cougar shot 48% made-nearly half of his three-point attempts and he shot 3.4 of them a game. With T.J. Hawks, Yoeli Childs, Jake Toolson all graduating, Barcello will be given the keys to the offense. They will want him to shoot early and often and he can probably average near this number again he’s an amazing shooter.
Will Richardson Oregon
The lefty Junior guard shot 46.9% from three this past season on 81 attempts in 2019-20. Here’s the thing about why this is sustainable for Richardson, with the way he can drive to the hoop with his left hand he’ll be able to use a step-back type move to create separation to get an open three. I have Richardson as my PAC-12 player of the year and he should be a first-round pick in next seasons NBA Draft, learn the name if you haven’t done so already.
C.J. Frederick Iowa
Frederick also shot 46% on 102 attempts during his freshman season for the Hawkeyes, he was vital to their success and they really struggled when he missed time due to injury. When Luka Garza is getting doubled down-low this season, if he can work on being able to kick it out to shooters consistently that’ll benefit Frederick’s game a ton and make defenses focus on him more. This team has an insane amount of weapons with Jordan Bohannon, Frederick, Joe Touissant, Joe Wieskamp, Jack Nunge, Luka Garza. The offensive fire-power is unlimited, then you have glue-guy in Connor McCaffrey who’s a great passer to make everything fit.
Dru Kuxhausen McNeese State
Kuxhausen who started as a JUCO player in his first season as a member of the McNeese State Cowboys he shot 45% from deep on 273 attempts, no that’s not a typo 273 attempts from three on 323 shots on the season. By my math, 84% of his shots were from beyond-the-arc and he still averaged 14 points per game on that, due to how incredible of a shooter he is. The Cowboys could make some noise in the Southland this season on the back of Kuxhausen as a Senior. They also return their 2nd-leading scorer in A.J. Lawson who’s also a Senior this season.
Jalen Cone Virginia Tech
In Coach Mike Young’s first season as a High-Major head coach, he continued the trend of having great shooters, on his most recent Wofford team he had the best 3-point shooter ever in Fletcher Magee, as well as Storm Murphy, Nathan Hoover, Trevor Stumpe. Coach Young loves 3-Point shooting, and Cone brought that with 45.75% shooting on 142 attempts, Cone reclassified into the 2019 class, so he’s still super-young. Virginia Tech lost its leading scorer, Landers Nolley II transferred to Memphis. Cone should lead the Hokies in not only 3pt-shooting but scoring overall in 2019-20.
Keith Clemons Loyola-Chicago
Clemons just sneaks on this list shooting 81 threes and making 45.7% last season for the Ramblers. He’s on a team in the Valley that doesn’t have many great shooters, Cam Krutwieg isn’t a shooter, nor is Tate Hall. Lucas Williamson is an average shooter, and Clemons has shown his star potential having 28 points in their first-round OT loss to Valpo in the Missouri Valley tournament. The Ramblers will Battle Northern Iowa for a tournament-bid this season led by Krutwieg and Clemons.
Jack Perry Eastern Washington
A very good shooter for the Eagles 23 win-squad last season shot 44.7% on 87 attempts, he shot 107 total shots he was strictly a shooter. He had 6 points per game but what he adds is elite-3-point scoring ability. The Eagles return Perry, Elias Magnuson, Jacob Davidson, Kim Aiken Jr, and they will be heavy favorites in the Big Sky.
P.J. Pipes Green Bay
After coach Linc Darner was fired as the Head Coach of the Phoenix in a shocking move, but Pipes has decided to stay in Green bay for his Senior Season. He had a great season in the Horizon League, he averaged 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists per game but shot 44% from three. They hired Will Ryan, the son of long-time Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach, Bo Ryan as their new head coach and the Phoenix may be in for a solid season returning star sophomore Amari Davis and P.J. Pipes. The Horizon League has some really good teams in Wright State, Youngstown State, who are my two-favorites but the Phoenix could be a contender to win the league title as well.
Jordan Bohannon Iowa
Although Bohannon’s 32% from-deep last season isn’t pretty, it isn’t fair to base his shooting ability on a season where he played 9 games in which he needed hip surgery. In 2018-19 he shot 38% from deep and 43% the previous season. He just has a beautiful jumper, Iowa has some of the best pure scorers in the sport and adding Bohannon back into the mix has Iowa expecting great things this season.
Nick Sherod Richmond
Sherod is the unsung hero for the Spiders, he may be the best pure scorer on the team. If you’re down by 3 and need to tie it, he’s who you want taking the shot with how good he is from deep.
Bones Hyland VCU
Hyland is best known as a shooter, while I think he can have quite the expanded role this season, he still falls under the category for me. He shot 43% last season from deep and has unlimited range, he can make it from anywhere. The Rams are in for a tough season but Hyland will breakout for Coach Mike Rhoades and the Rams.
John Petty Jr Alabama
Petty is 6’5″ and can knock it down. Here’s what I don’t understand about Petty he has close to 10 games of 1-4 or 1-5 shooting from three but then has games of 7-10 and 10-13 shooting as well, so clearly he’s a streaky shooter but when his shot falls, lookout. Some guys do that but he does it much more often, he’s very talented but needs more consistency. He had games of 34 points, 39 Points last season, he’s going to be great should he return.
Christian Braun Kansas
Braun didn’t burst onto the scene until he had 11 points and 3 threes in a huge blowout against Monmouth but he was playing a mop-up role. Then he really came on around conference play, but right before it he had good games against Villanova and Stanford and that momentum carried into league play. His biggest game of the season was when he went 6-10 from deep against Kansas State and had 20 points. He’s another guy with an unbelievably smooth stroke.
Corey Kispert Gonzaga
Kispert shot 43% from deep this season for Gonzaga as they had another season where they would have been a one seed. Kispert is not a guarantee to be back at Gonzaga for what would be his senior season but for this purpose I’m assuming he will. Kispert is such a valuable player for the Bulldogs because of his ability to knock down almost every shot he sees while helping space the floor.
Isaiah Joe Arkansas
Isaiah Joe had a down season from a shooting perspective this past season as he only shot 34% from beyond the arc. That being said, that percentage was probably an not a full reflection of his capabilities as the previous season he shot 41% on a similar amount of attempts. This past season he was forced to take more shots and play more minutes, while dealing with several nagging injuries, which hurt his efficiency but for this season Joe should be able to have a bounce-back season while leading the Razorbacks to the NCAA Tournament.