Top 50 shooters: Jenkins, Redford among the best from downtown

by | College Basketball Insider

Xavier's Brad Redford (left) and Pitt's Ashton Gibbs search for opportunities at Nos. 2 and 3. (US Presswire)  
Xavier's Brad Redford (left) and Pitt's Ashton Gibbs search for opportunities at Nos. 2 and 3. (US Presswire)  

Jon Diebler is gone. So are guys like Jared Stohl and Andrew Goudelock. Rotnei Clarke has been left off the list because he's sitting out following his transfer to Butler.

But there are still plenty of knock-down shooters around the country, We take a stab at the elite marksmen with the Top 50 shooters in America.

Top Shooters

1. John Jenkins, 6-4, 220, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt: His percentage dropped last year, but it's because everyone knew where he was at all times. Jenkins shot 48 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman and was 100 of 245 for 41 percent last season. He also made 89 percent of his free throws. If you want one guy shooting it from deep with the game on the line, it's Jenkins.

2. Brad Redford, 6-0, 182, SG, Jr., Xavier: Missed all of last season due to an ACL injury, but his stroke is still as smooth as ever. Over his first two seasons, he made 101 of 227, good for nearly 45 percent of his attempts.

3. Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, 190, G, Sr., Pittsburgh: Has raised his shooting percentage from beyond the arc in each of his three seasons. Shot 39 percent as a freshman, 43.9 as a sophomore and a sizzling 49 percent a year ago. You won't find many shooters in the nation better than Gibbs.

4. Robert Nyakundi, 6-8, 220, F, Sr., Southern Methodist: The Texas native was second in the nation a year ago in three-point field-goal percentage behind Ohio State's Jon Diebler. The skilled forward shot 39 percent as a freshman, 40 percent as a sophomore and made 97 of 195 a year ago for 49.7 percent.

5. Doron Lamb, 6-4, 210, SG, Soph., Kentucky: Shot a sizzling 49 percent last season for the Wildcats, converting on 68 of 140 attempts from beyond the arc.

6. Andre Dawkins, 6-4, 200, SG, Jr., Duke: He's a pure shooter who made 38 percent as a freshman and then canned 43 percent of his attempts as a sophomore. Once he gets going, there aren't many better.

7. Gabe Rogers, 6-2, 175, G, Jr., Northern Arizona: The Houston native made 47 percent of his attempts from long distance a year ago -- fifth in the nation. He had seven games where he connected on at least five 3-pointers. Also shot 37 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman.

8. Malcolm Grant, 6-1, 188, G, Sr., Miami (Fla.): There haven't been too many guys more consistent and reliable from long range over the last three years. Grant made 47 percent as a freshman at Villanova, 41 percent in his first season at Miami and 42 percent a year ago.

Notre Dame welcomes back the sweet stroke of Tim Abromaitis. (AP)  
Notre Dame welcomes back the sweet stroke of Tim Abromaitis. (AP)  
9. Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, 235, F, Sr., Notre Dame: Has shot 43 percent each of the past two seasons from long distance and is a 41.6 percent shooter in his college career. Also has made 88 percent of his free throws in his three seasons in South Bend.

10. Brady Heslip, 6-2, 190, G, Soph., Baylor: The Canadian enrolled at BC midway through the 2010 campaign, but transferred after the coaching change and sat out last season at Baylor. He will instantly prove himself as one of the nation's elite from long distance.

11. Scott Wood, 6-6, 177, SF, Jr., North Carolina State: No one in program history has made as many three-pointers after their sophomore seasons. Wood sank 37 percent of his attempts as a freshman and then improved to 42 percent a year ago.

12. Brad Beal, 6-3, 210, SG, Fr., Florida: So smooth and can really make shots from all over the court -- especially from downtown. Hasn't taken a 3 in the college ranks, but will make plenty of them this season.

13. Scott Bamforth, 6-2, 190, G, Jr., Weber State: Made 78 of 160 shots from long distance last season, good for 49 percent despite playing with an injured shoulder.

14. Damien Leonard, 6-4, 190, SG, Fr., South Carolina: Normally, I try and stay away from putting freshman on the list. However, I've seen Leonard numerous times and he has a picture-perfect stroke. He reminds me of a poor man's Ray Allen.

15. Travis Bader, 6-5, 180, G, Soph., Oakland: The Golden Grizz guard made 94 of 212 shots from deep (44 percent) as a frosh last season. That's nearly three per contest.

16. Marcus Denmon, 6-3, 185, G, Sr., Missouri: Made 45 percent last season from beyond the arc and 41 percent as a sophomore.

17. Ryne Smith, 6-3, 190, SG, Sr., Purdue: The Boilermakers' best pure shooter, Smith made 44 percent of his attempts last season, going 56 of 127.

18. Isaiah Canaan, 6-0, 190, G, Jr., Murray State: Burst onto the scene and made 54 of 112 from deep for a sizzling 48 percent as a freshman -- and followed it up by making 40 percent last year.

Washington's C.J. Wilcox set a Huskies recored for 3s by a freshman. (AP)  
Washington's C.J. Wilcox set a Huskies recored for 3s by a freshman. (AP)  
19. C.J. Wilcox, 6-5, 185, SG, Soph., Washington: Redshirted as a freshman and then came out and made 40 percent of his 3-pointers this past year while setting a school mark for 3s by a frosh.

20. Dustin Ware, 5-11, 180, G, Sr., Georgia: The Bulldogs have another guy who could be in the mix, freshman Kentavious Caldwell, but Ware is proven -- making 44 percent last year (led the SEC), 37 percent as a sophomore and 36 percent as a freshman.

21. Quinn McDowell, 6-6, 215, G, Sr., William & Mary: Nailed 42.6 percent (58 of 136) of his shots as a sophomore and was even more accurate last season, making 46 percent (70 of 154).

22. Jordan Printy, 6-4, 185, G, Sr., Indiana State: Made 52 of 109 from beyond the arc a year ago for 48 percent, following up on a sophomore campaign in which he made 40 percent from long range.

23. Scott Christopherson, 6-3, 200, G, Sr., Iowa State: Transferred from Marquette after one season and has shot 43.5 percent in two seasons with the Cyclones. Was 86 of 195 last year and also has a school-record streak of 34 consecutive games with a trey that is still active.

24. Jordan Burgason, 6-3, 190, G, Sr., Lipscomb: Has made 180 of 420 shots over the last two years from long range. Shot 43 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent last season. Also made 49 percent of his trifectas in the final 14 games a year ago.

25. Allen Crabbe, 6-6, 205, SG, Soph., California: A big-time shooter who won Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors while making 62 of 155 from beyond the arc (40 percent).

26. Nemanja Mitrovic, 6-5, 200, SG, Sr., Portland: The Canadian was overshadowed by Jared Stohl on the Pilots last season, but now he's clearly the top 3-point shooter on the team. Made 46 percent last year as a junior.

27. Chris Wroblewski, 6-0, 175, G, Sr., Cornell: Has made 147 of 332 shots in his career with the Big Red. He shot 44 percent his first two years before dipping to 43 percent last season (52 of 120).

28. Ethan Wragge, 6-7, 220, F, Soph., Creighton: Greg McDermott has a big-time shooter in Wragge, who made 43 percent as a freshman and 35 percent last season before shutting it down nine games into the year with a foot injury.

29. William Buford, 6-6, 215, SG, Sr., Ohio State: Jon Diebler got all the attention in Columbus for his perimeter shooting -- and rightfully so -- but Buford can knock 'em down as well. He shot 44 percent from deep a year ago and 38 percent as a sophomore.

30. Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 180, G, Jr., Indiana: Can really shoot the lights out. Made 40 percent from the 3-point line as a freshman and then connected on 55 of 133 last year for 41 percent. Also made 41 consecutive free throws to end the season.

31. Shane Gibson, 6-2, 180, G, Jr., Sacred Heart: Made 42 percent of his shots from deep as a freshman, then missed all of the 2009-10 campaign before connecting on 75 of 193 shots (39 percent) a year ago.

32. Gerald McLemore, 6-3, 190, G, Sr., Maine: The West Coast native had steadily improved his shooting from long range each season with the Black Bears, making 38 percent of his attempts as a freshman, 40 percent as a sophomore and 38 percent a year ago.

33. Kevin Foster, 6-2, 220, G, Jr., Santa Clara: Averaged 3.7 trifectas per game last season, more than anyone else in the Division I ranks. His percentage was 36.8 percent, but Foster does attract a ton of attention from opposing defenses.

34. Elston Turner, 6-5, 220, SG, Jr., Texas A&M: Sat out last season after transferring to the Aggies from Washington. Turner made 37 percent of his trifectas as a freshman and 38 percent (41 of 108) his sophomore season.

35. Rodney McGruder, 6-4, 205, SG, Jr., Kansas State: It'll be time for the D.C. native to step out of Jake Pullen's shadow. McGruder has made 42 and 41 percent from long distance in his first two seasons in Manhattan.

36. Seth Curry, 6-2, 180, G, Jr., Duke: He and teammate Andre Dawkins can both really make shots from deep. Stephen's little brother shot 44 percent (64 of 147) from long range last season, his first with the Blue Devils.

You know Belmont has shooters, and Ian Clark fits the bill, and our list. (US Presswire)  
You know Belmont has shooters, and Ian Clark fits the bill, and our list. (US Presswire)  
37. Ian Clark, 6-3, 175, G, Jr., Belmont: Someone from Rick Byrd's Belmont program has to be on the list -- and Clark is the team's top perimeter threat. He made 40 percent of his shots from deep as a freshman and 43 percent last year.

38. Laurent Rivard, 6-5, 215, SG, Soph., Harvard: After going 0 for 7 from long range in his college debut, Rivard proceeded to make 61 of 147 for the rest of the year. Also shot 88 percent from the line.

39. Bryson Johnson, 6-2, 195, SG, Jr., Bucknell: Made 99 of 217 last season for the Bisons; That's an impressive 46 percent from deep.

40. P.J. Hairston, 6-5, 220, SG, Fr., North Carolina: On a team that features Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock, Hairston is the best pure shooter. He has deep range.

41. Kyle Smyth, 6-4, 185, G, Soph., Iona: The Gaels junior has made 126 of 311 over the last two seasons.

42. Andre Young, 5-9, 170, PG, Sr., Clemson: Career 39-percent shooter from beyond the arc in three seasons with the Tigers and made at least one 3-pointer in 33 of his 34 games as a junior.

43. Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, 215, G, Sr., Marquette: After a terrific campaign in which he shot 47 percent from long distance, he cooled off last season and made just 36 percent of his attempts. He'll likely be somewhere in-between this year, around 40 percent or so.

44. Parker Smith, 6-3, 160, G, Jr., North Florida: Smith made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts as a freshman and converted 37 percent (90 of 256) last season.

45. Scottie Haralson, 6-4, 220, SG, Jr., Tulsa: Didn't play much as a freshman at UConn and transferred to Tulsa, where he made 39 percent of his 3-pointers last season. Can really shoot the ball from deep.

46. Michael Culpo, 6-1, 180, G, Sr., LIU-Brooklyn: Shot 46 percent in his sophomore season and made 41 percent of his 3's last year.

47. Zach Filzen, 6-3, 190, G, Sr., Buffalo: Made 41 percent as a freshman and 41 percent last season as a junior.

48. Melvin Johnson III, 6-5, 170, G, Jr., Texas-San Antonio: Made 43 percent of his shots from beyond the arc as a freshman and 37 percent last year.

49. Kyle Kuric, 6-4, 195, SG, Sr., Louisville: Made 46 percent as a frosh, dipped to 36 percent his sophomore campaign and then made 70 of 156 for 45 percent last season.

50. Matt Vogrich, 6-4, 190, SG, Jr., Michigan: He hasn't gotten on the court enough in his first two seasons, but he can really stroke it. Made 39 percent from long distance his freshman and sophomore years.

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