Top 50 Shooters

by | College Basketball Insider

After transferring from Arkansas, Rotnei Clark will be the best shooter in the country at Butler. (US Presswire)  
After transferring from Arkansas, Rotnei Clark will be the best shooter in the country at Butler. (US Presswire)  

Rotnei Clarke is back. After a one-year hiatus in which John Jenkins took his place as the No. 1 long-range shooter in the nation, Clarke takes his spot on top again after sitting out last season following a transfer from Arkansas.

Here's our annual list -- which was much harder this season than over the past few years.

2012 Preseason
Top 50 Shooters
6-0 | 184 | G | SR | Butler

Clarke is back at the top of this list after a one-year hiatus while he sat out after transferring from Arkansas. Made 44 percent of his 3's as a junior, 42 percent as a sophomore and 39 his freshman season. Has made 274 trifectas in his career, but this year it will be interesting to see if Clarke moving to point guard has an impact on his percentage and effectiveness from beyond the arc. No matter what, I'll put Clarke up against anyone in the nation when it comes to

6-2 | 180 | SG | JR | Baylor

We had him at No. 10 last year, before he ever played a game in college, and Heslip made us look good when he knocked down 100 3's last season and buried 46 percent of his attempts. The Canadian, who transferred from Boston College, buried nine 3-pointers in the Bears' NCAA tournament win over Colorado. He'd give Clarke a run for his money.

6-0 | 182 | G | SR | Indiana

Was already considered a big-time shooter coming into his junior season, but made a ridiculous 49 percent (72-of-146) this past season. Has made 44 percent of his 3's in his three-year career and is one of those guys where you are surprised when he misses.

6-1 | 195 | G | SR | Murray State

He's not just one of the best overall guards in the nation, but also one of the best shooters in the nation as well. Has converted 210-of-471 (.445 percent) in his three-year career and made 46 percent of his 3's last season. That's pretty impressive, especially for someone who has a target on his back.

6-6 | 170 | SG-SF | SR | North Carolina State

Sweet-shooting Indiana native was just outside the Top 10 last year, but he made 41 percent last season and is 230-for-573 in his career, good for 40 percent. Also set the ACC mark for consecutive free throws with 66 straight.

6-2 | 190 | SG | SR | Weber State

Damian Lillard may not have been the best shooter on his team the last couple of years. Bamforth made 48.8 percent of his 3's as a sophomore despite battling a shoulder injury and last year proved it was no fluke by making 77-of-192 (40 percent) from deep. Bamforth was also among the nation's leaders from the line last season at 87.5 percent.

6-2 | 200 | G | JR | Saint Joseph's

The Louisiana native made 39 percent of his 3's as a freshman, but then stepped it up last season and converted 90-of-193 for nearly 47 percent. He was fourth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage.

6-2 | 180 | G | SR | Sacred Heart

Made 42 percent as a freshman, redshirted as a sophomore, connected on 39 percent his junior campaign and then was 87-of-201 (43 percent) last year.

Kellen Dunham
6-6 | 185 | SG | Fr. | Butler

He and Clarke will be the best shooting duo in the nation. Clarke has already proven it while Dunham will show that he's one of the elite shooters fairly quickly. Dunham wasn't just able to hold his own with Clarke in shooting drills; he consistently came out on top. Now the only question is whether he can do that in game action.

6-5 | 190 | SG | RS JR | Oakland

The Golden Grizz guard made 44 percent as a freshman and followed it up by making 124-of-314 shots (.395 percent) last season -- including 10 3-pointers against South Dakota State last January. Has made 41 percent for his career.

C.J. Wilcox
6-5 | 195 | SG | JR | Washington

The Utah native has been consistent over his first two seasons, making 40 percent each year. Wilcox was 73-of-181 as a sophomore despite battling a stress fracture down the stretch last season.

6-6 | 210 | SG | JR | California

His numbers mirror that of the Pac-12 wing just one spot ahead of him. Crabbe has made 40 percent each of his first two years in college, including a 83-of-208 mark as a sophomore last season.

6-7 | 225 | F | JR | Creighton

Made 43 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman, then redshirted due to injury his sophomore season before getting back on track as a junior. Wragge only played 16 minutes per game, but was 66-of-161 (41 percent) from deep.

6-3 | 175 | G | SR | Belmont

Is a big-time defender and also a lights-out shooter. Has made more than 40 percent of his attempts each of his three years with the Bruins. Connected on 40 percent as a freshman, 43 percent his sophomore season and nailed 92-of-227 (.405 percent) last year.

6-5 | 215 | SG | JR | Harvard

Will have an expanded role this season and will have to do more than just make shots from deep, but that's clearly what he does best. Has made 127-of-315 in his two seasons with the Crimson for a 40-percent.

6-2 | 194 | G | SR | Bucknell

Has made 43 percent of his shots from deep over the past two seasons. Was 99-of-217 (.456) as a sophomore and made nearly 41 percent (84-of-207) last season while coming off the bench most of the year.

6-3 | 155 | G | SR | North Florida

Made 40 percent as a freshman, 37 percent as a sophomore and hit on 41 percent last season from 3-point range. Was 96-of-234 as a junior and is without question one of the nation's top shooters.

6-4 | 235 | SG | SR | Tulsa

The UConn transfer can really stroke it from deep. Led C-USA with 90 trifectas last season while making 41 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Made 37 percent his first season at Tulsa two years ago.

6-5 | 210 | SG | SR | Texas A&M

Made more than 37 percent of his 3's each of his first two seasons at Washington and canned 39 percent of his attempts last season in his first season at Texas A&M.

6-4 | 205 | SG | SR | Kansas State

It'll be interesting to see how he'll do in a new system under Bruce Weber, but has been one of the most reliable shooters in the country. Made 42 percent as a frosh, 41 percent his sophomore season and .385 percent last season (50-of-130).

6-2 | 185 | G | SR | Duke

Didn't shoot it quite as well as expected last season, making 64-of-167 (38 percent), but has made 230 in his three-year college career (one season at Liberty). Is 128-of-314 (41 percent) at Duke.

6-8 | 225 | F | JR | Creighton

McDermott and Wragge would give Clarke and Dunham a run for their money. Wragge is the better pure shooter from deep, but McDermott can drain them as well. He made 41 percent as a freshman and hit 54-of-111 attempts from deep last season for nearly 49 percent.

6-4 | 175 | G | RS JR | Northern Colorado

The Bears were the nation's top 3-point shooting team in the nation last season and Unruh is the best shooter on team. He made 46 percent (60-of-130) and shot 42 percent from deep two years ago.

6-5 | 210 | SG | SR | Evansville

The Indiana native is vastly underrated nationally, as a player and as a shooter. Drilled 44 percent (74-of-169) last season after a sophomore campaign in which he made 65-of-160 (41 percent).

Sean Armand
6-3 | 190 | G | JR | Iona

Has to be in the equation when talking about elite shooters. Made 79-of-171 (46 percent) last season and was 61-of-145 (42 percent) two seasons ago.

6-8 | 215 | F | SR | Tennessee State

Is a pro prospect due to his overall game, but also due to the fact that he can really shoot it for someone his size. Made 45 percent (67-of-148) last season and 46 percent as a sophomore while taking fewer attempts (40-of-87) from long range.

6-4 | 175 | G | JR | Utah State

Stew Morrill always seems to have shooters -- and Medlin is the latest to come through Logan. He was 95-of-222 last season, which ranked 16th nationally at 42.8 percent.

6-7 | 215 | F | SR | Valparaiso

Could be the Horizon League Player of the Year and also its top marksman. Shot a sizzling 45 percent (64-of-143) as a sophomore and while he dropped off last season, he still shot 39 percent from beyond the arc (66-of-169).

6-8 | 210 | F | SR | Drake

Has made 119-of-281 from long range over his sophomore and junior seasons. That's a 42 percent clip.

6-3 | G | SR | San Diego State

Has proven it over a three-year span, making 38 percent his freshman and sophomore seasons -- and then shooting 43 percent (77-of-178) as a junior.

6-10 | PF | SR | Florida

I've seen him for years and you won't find a better shooting big man. He's 6-foot-10 and drilled 42 percent of his trifectas this past season.

6-2 | 182 | G | SOPH | Gonzaga

The Canadian wasn't even the top shooter, percentage-wise, on his own team last season (Gary Bell shot 47 percent), but Pangos can really make them from deep -- and 40 percent isn't too shabby as a freshman.

6-3 | 190 | G | JR | Texas Pan-American

Has been one of the elite shooters in the country the past two seasons, making 152-of-333 shots from beyond the arc. Made 47 percent last season and 44 percent as a freshman.

6-2 | 170 | G | JR | Robert Morris

Shane Gibson is the best shooter in the NEC, but Williams isn't far behind. He made 47 percent (48-of-103) two years ago and was 87-of-212 (41 percent) last season.

6-2 | 185 | G | JR | UC Davis

His dad could fill it up from downtown back in the day, and now he watches his kid do it. Les made 82-of-200 (41 percent) as 83 percent of his field goals were of the 3-point variety.

6-4 | 190 | G | SR | Loyola (Md.)

Has progressed each of his three seasons under Jimmy Patsos. Was at 37 percent as a freshman, 41 percent (45-of-109) as a sophomore and then made 66-of-153 (43 percent) last season.

6-7 | 205 | SG | JR | North Carolina

Struggled from deep as a freshman, but started to get comfortable last season and made 38 percent from beyond the arc (71-of-186). Look for him to be one of the elite shooters from deep this season as he becomes a more integral part of the Tar Heels offense.

6-4 | 185 | G | SR | Illinois State

Made 13-of-14 shots from beyond the arc in the Redbirds two NIT games last season and wound up shooting 45 percent (79-of-174) a year ago after coming from the junior college ranks.

Ray Cintron
6-0 | 198 | G | SR | Middle Tennessee State

Came from junior college and wasted no time establishing himself as an elite shooter. Converted 67-of-155 (43 percent) a year ago.

6-1 | 182 | SG | SR | Xavier

Made only 34 percent from beyond the arc last season, but needs to remain on the list. Made .465 percent as a freshman, .425 percent as a sophomore and then sat out the 2010-11 campaign with a torn ACL. Should get back to what he was this season with more playing time and a year to recover from the knee injury.

6-1 | 180 | G | SOPH | Stanford

Illinois native had no problem adjusting as he was 85-of-194 (44 percent) last season. In the five NIT contests, Randle shot 48 percent from 3-point range.

6-9 | 230 | F | SR | Indiana

Is a better perimeter shooter than many think. He shot 38 percent as a sophomore and proved it was no fluke, going 52-of-119 (44 percent) last season.

6-6 | 195 | G | JR | Norfolk State

Has shot 39 percent each of the past two seasons and is the best perimeter marksman in the MEAC.

6-2 | 220 | G | SR | Santa Clara

Made more 3's than any other player as a sophomore, but only made 37 percent. Last season, prior to being suspended towards the end of the year, converted 39 percent of his attempts from long distance.

6-4 | 220 | G | JR | Cincinnati

Has made 38 percent of his trifectas each of his first two seasons with the Bearcats. Is 138-of-367 in his career from beyond the arc.

6-6 | 210 | G | JR | Virginia

Canned 42 percent (65-of-165) as a freshman and while his numbers dropped a bit last season, he was still effective at 38 percent (49-of-129).

6-1 | 165 | SG | JR | Providence

Can really make shots from long distance as he showed last season with the Friars. Was 77-of-203 for 38 percent from beyond the arc and also made 89 percent of his shots from the charity stripe.

6-4 | 200 | G | SR | VCU

Hadn't received extensive action until last year, when he made 94-of-247 3-pointers -- which was good for a 38 percent clip.

5-9 | 175 | G | JR | Texas Southern

Baltimore native and Cecil Community College product lit it up last season, making 102-of-262 (39 percent).

5-11 | 190 | G | JR | Yale

The Reno native shot 39 percent (61-of-158) from deep and 90 percent from the line last season. Was even more effective from long distance the previous year, going 54-of-121 for nearly 45 percent.


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