Big-shot ballers: 15 guys who want the ball in their hands
Which players are capable of knocking down big shots and taking their team to the next level?
It’s not often we see a Final Four or national championship team that doesn’t have a go-to-guy or a couple of players who have proven they can hit big shots when it counts. A season ago, Kentucky was a balanced offensive outfit -- but guys like Darius Miller and Doron Lamb showed multiple times that they were not afraid of taking and making shots down the stretch. A player who can break down defenses or knock down jumpers in the closing seconds might be the difference between an early exit and a deep run.
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Trey Burke , Michigan Wolverines : Burke is unbelievably effective when he can use high ball screens in late-clock situations. He can go to the rim or shoot off the dribble.
Shane Larkin , Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes : Larkin is so an outstanding playmaker with the ball in his hands, capable of scoring himself or finding an open teammate.
Otto Porter , Georgetown Hoyas : Porter’s ability to create matchup problems and find gaps in man and zone defenses make him tough to stop.
Marcus Smart , Oklahoma State Cowboys : Smart has knocked down multiple game-winners this season, and he is fearless when going into the lane.
Khalif Wyatt , Temple Owls : Wyatt’s game is old-school, and he utilizes a variety of floaters, learners and fadeaways to get his points.
Deshaun Thomas , Ohio State Buckeyes : Thomas is one of the best flat-out scorers in the country, and his perimeter shooting has added a new dimension.
Chase Tapley , San Diego State Aztecs : Tapley plays second fiddle to Jamaal Franklin, but he has hit several big shots in his career and has confidence.
Matthew Dellavedova , St. Mary's Gaels : It’s so tough to guard Dellavedova off screens, and his unorthodox offensive game gives him an edge.
Kendall Williams , New Mexico Lobos : Any guy who knocks down 10 3-pointers and scores 46 points can make the cut. Teammate Tony Snell isn’t bad, either.
Jordan Hulls , Indiana Hoosiers : Of all the players on Indiana, Hulls seems like the one most capable of knocking down a big shot. Teams have to be aware of his quick release.
Sean Kilpatrick , Cincinnati Bearcats : He and teammate Cashmere Wright are the two main scorers on Cincinnati, and Kilpatrick is supremely confident.
Doug McDermott , Creighton Bluejays : Because he can score in so many ways, McDermott is a nightmare to guard late in the game. Draws contact, too.
Russ Smith , Louisville Cardinals : Poor decisions against Notre Dame might cloud your memory, but Smith (and Peyton Siva) are so tough to keep out of the lane.
Marshall Henderson , Ole Miss Rebels : Henderson is capable of shooting his own team out of a game, but he's also dangerous enough to terrify an opposing team.
Allen Crabbe , California Golden Bears : One of the best scorers on the West Coast, Crabbe is adept from behind the arc but can also score in the mid-range.
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