The country's top 50 shooters in 2009-10

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A year ago, the answer to the question of "Who is the best shooter in the country?" was fairly consistent. Stephen Curry. This season, there isn't necessarily a consensus player, but we feel confident that our No. 1 guy has no peer in terms of making shots from deep.

Top 50 shooters

Top 50 shooters

Rotnei Clarke Arkansas' Rotnei Clarke may not look like a scorer, but any team would be lucky to have his perimeter touch, Jeff Goodman says.
1. Rotnei Clarke, 6-0, 184, SG, Soph., Arkansas: He was the top freshman 3-point shooter in the country last season with a .393 percentage and second in the SEC in 3-point percentage. He had four or more threes in eight of the last 10 games and was 38-of-91 (.418) over that stretch. He also made 43-of-46 free throws (.935). "Rotnei's work ethic is incredible. His uncle and dad put him through high-intensity drills in high school that would conclude with him making 25 threes in a row. That's extremely impressive." — South Florida coach Stan Heath, who recruited Clarke when he was at Arkansas and once saw Clarke hit 94 of 100 3-pointers in a workout 2. Brad Redford, 6-0, 175, G, Soph., Xavier: He led the Atlantic 10 and broke the school single-season mark for 3-point percentage (.465) but only made 53-of-114 shots from beyond the arc. He once hit 102 consecutive free throws in high school. "He shoots the ball the exact same way every time he touches it — regardless of how far he scoots back. I've never coached a better shooter." — Xavier coach Chris Mack 3. John Jenkins, 6-4, 215, SG, Fr., Vanderbilt: He's one of the few freshman to make the list. He shot 47 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the line as a senior in high school. "He has perfect technique, a great follow through and practices ALL the time. He's the purest shooter I've had." — Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings 4. Gordon Hayward, 6-9, 207, SF, Soph., Butler: The skilled forward can do it all, including making shots from the perimeter. He shot 44.8 percent from long range (69-of-154) but doesn't rely on his perimeter shot due to his versatility. "Aside from the technical stuff with Gordon, his work ethic and mental toughness are at a very, very high level. That obviously helps when you're a great shooter — not to be able to let the last one affect you." — Butler coach Brad Stevens 5. Ryan Wittman, 6-6, 215, SF, Sr., Cornell: He has led the Ivy League in 3-pointers by at least 20 in each of his first three seasons and has 268 career threes — a school record and also second in league history. He has a .433 career 3-point field goal percentage and also had nine against Syracuse last season. "Ryan has an incredibly quick release, can shoot on the move from 25 feet and with his size, has the ability to shoot over most people guarding him." — Cornell coach Steve Donahue 6. Jared Stohl, 6-1, 165, G, Jr., Portland: He's the nation's top returning 3-point shooter at 45.6 percent. He has a career 3-point percentage of .438 and has 147 career 3-pointers. He made 89 threes last season and has also sank three or more 3-pointers in 27 career games. "Jared is a pure shooter who has honed his craft as only a true gym rat can — with an amazing amount of repetition. I almost feel sorry for him now because everyone expects him to never miss." — Portland coach Eric Reveno 7. Jerome Randle, 5-10, 160, G, Sr., California: The diminutive point guard shot an impressive 46 percent from beyond the arc last season and also 86 percent from the line. It wasn't a fluke, either, as Randle made nearly 40 percent of his 3-pointers as a junior. "His ability to create off the dribble makes you play off him a step, then his quick release makes it impossible to get back to challenge the shot." — Former Arizona coach Russ Pennell 8. Rihards Kuksiks, 6-6, 210, SF, Jr., Arizona State: He was eighth in the country last season at 44.3 percent (93-of-210) and has made 129-of-308 (.419) in his two seasons in Tempe. He led the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made and hit six in a second-round NCAA tournament game against Syracuse. He was also 17-of-37 from deep in games against ranked opponents. "Rik has text-book form coupled with strength for range. His form and footwork are excellent, and his practice reps are paying dividends and fueling confidence." — Arizona State coach Herb Sendek 9. Andy Rautins, 6-5, 195, SG, Sr., Syracuse: He made 102 trifectas last season, the fourth-best single-season total in school history (only topped by Gerry McNamara three times). He had nine threes against Coppin State, made 7-of-10 against Seton Hall and connected on 6-of-12 in the six-overtime thriller against UConn last year. His 3-point percentage has increased in each of his three seasons. "Andy can miss nine straight 3-pointers, and he still thinks he's going to make the next nine. He's got a very strong mental approach, and he thinks he's going to make every shot — and that's not phony. He's an old-school western gunslinger." — Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins 10. Jon Diebler, 6-6, 205, SG, Jr., Ohio State: He was terrible from deep as a freshman, but that changed last season as he made 42 percent of his threes (96-of-231), which was second in the Big Ten in makes and fourth in percentage. He shot 45.5 percent in league games and converted five or more trifectas eight times last season. "He has tremendous work ethic. He gets up a ton of shots before and after practice. He's got very good size, and I think he's deceptively athletic. His size allows him to shoot over smaller guys." — Ohio State coach Thad Matta 11. Mike Roll, 6-5, 200, SG, Sr., UCLA: He led the Pac-10 last season at 51.5 percent (51-of-99) and is one of the top shooters in the country. He has also battled through numerous injuries throughout his career. "Mike has a great base, a good follow-through and a good rotation. He's got great form on his shot and works very hard on it." — UCLA coach Ben Howland 12. James Anderson, 6-6, 205, SG, Jr., Oklahoma State: He has a career percentage of .394 from beyond the arc (151-of-383) and shot 40.8 percent last season. He also shot 82.9 percent from the charity stripe last season. He has hit six 3-pointers on three occasions in his two-year career. "James is the best catch-and-shoot player I've ever coached. He's got tremendous range with little effort and a very quick release. He has great form, great follow through. He's a true jump shooter, not a set shooter." — Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford 13. Ryan Staudacher, 6-4, 210, SG, Sr., Montana: Not too many guys have shot over 45 percent the last two seasons. However, the Washington native made 56-of-124 (.452) this past season and 65-of-144 (.451) as a sophomore — and he did it this past year despite suffering a pulled biceps muscle after he was shooting about 65 percent the first month of the year. "He shoots more shots than anyone in America on his own, both during the season and in the offseason. He prepares and is always in a ready shooting position." — Montana coach Wayne Tinkle 14. Corey Allmond, 6-1, 180, G, Sr., Sam Houston State: He ranked No. 13 in the country last season in 3-point percentage (.436) and No. 14 in 3-pointers per game (3.3). He made 99 trifectas last season, which set the school's single-season mark. "He practices hard, has good concentration and is very confident in his shot." — Sam Houston coach Bob Marlin
15. Andrew Goudelock, 6-1, 170, G, Jr., College of Charleston: He shot 44 percent from beyond the arc last season, making 95-of-216 shots. He's a 43-percent career shooter from long distance in his two seasons at Charleston and has also made nearly 87 percent of his free-throw attempts. "He has tremendous form and consistency with his mechanics and release. He has strong legs and excellent timing, which gives him great range. In addition, he has courage." — Western Carolina coach Larry Hunter 16. Brandon Hazzard, 6-2, 192, G, Sr., Troy: He shot 44.9 percent last season (83-of-185), which ranked seventh nationally, and made 39 percent of his trifectas as a sophomore. "He has the ability to get his shot off about every way possible. Off screens, off the dribble and raise up out of a triple threat. Takes and makes a lot of tough shots. Fearless." — Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald 17. Klay Thompson, 6-6, 200, SG, Soph., Washington State: He shot 41 percent from long distance (68-of-165) and also made 90 percent of his free throws. That number rose to 48 percent from deep in Pac-10 games. Thompson was also 16-of-31 and was the top shooter for the U.S. at the U19 World Championships this past summer. "Klay has textbook form and great elevation on his shot, which allows him to get it off on most defenders. Also, his quiet confidence in his ability to make shots makes him a premiere shooter." — Former Washington State coach Tony Bennett, now the head coach at Virginia 18. Corey Stokes, 6-5, 220, SG, Jr., Villanova: He struggled shooting the ball as a freshman but shot 41.8 percent from deep last season and is one of the nation's best. "Corey has a shooter's mentality — the next one's going in. He also gets the ball to his shooting pocket fast and has a perfect release." — Villanova coach Jay Wright 19. Kyle Ohman, 6-4, 200, SG, Sr., Liberty: He has shot at least 41 percent each of the last two seasons. Ohman was 100-of-241 (.415) last season and 63-of-153 (.412) the year before. "Kyle's pursuit of being great is what makes him so dangerous. He puts in a ton of extra work, and it's translated to a high level of confidence. He literally believes he's in range just after he crosses halfcourt." — Former Liberty coach Ritchie McKay, now an assistant coach at Virginia 20. Steven Gray, 6-5, 210, SG, Jr., Gonzaga: The Zags' top perimeter shooter was 37-of-80 (.463) as a freshman and 51-of-142 (.359) last season. "If I had Steven's stroke, I would shoot even more than Adam (Morrison) ever thought about it." — Gonzaga coach Mark Few 21. Chris Harris, 6-2, 185, G, Sr., Navy: He had 85 threes last season and 91 as a sophomore. He has made seven or more four times in his career, including eight last season at Villanova. Over the last 51 games, Harris is 165-of-412 (40 percent). "He has a tremendous eye for the basket, major confidence and a great feel for getting his shot off." — Navy coach Billy Lange 22. Austin Kenon, 5-11, 180, G, Jr., VMI: He threw up 305 shots from beyond the arc this past season and made 119 for 39 percent. As a freshman, he was 57-of-141 for 40.4 percent. "He has a quick release, great range and the confidence that he's going to make them all. Also, he has the green light, and I threaten his life if he's open and doesn't shoot." — VMI coach Duggar Baucom 23. Joey Accaoui, 5-9, 165, G, Jr. Vermont: Trust me on this one. He only played about 16 minutes per game and made 34-of-85 for 40 percent. "Joey has always been the shortest player on the court so he has had to be the best shooter to overcome his lack of height. He almost always is. I have coached a lot of 'shooters,' but I like to refer to Joey as a 'maker.' Every time he shoots the ball, his teammates and coaches feel that it's going in." — Vermont coach Mike Lonergan 24. LaceDarius Dunn, 6-4, 195, SG, Jr., Baylor: He set the school's single-season mark for 3-pointers made (109) and attempts (281) last season and also hit nine trifectas at Kansas State. He has made seven or more threes on three different occasions and has a career 3-point field goal percentage of .399. "Lace was born a great shooter. In fact, he made his first 3-pointer from the crib. What has made him such a great shooter is great mechanics and countless hours in the gym. He has beyond NBA range and consistently shoots with great accuracy." — Baylor coach Scott Drew 25. Willie Warren, 6-3, 205, SG, Soph., Oklahoma: He can be somewhat streaky, but he has big-time range and is fearless. He shot .372 (67-of-180) as a freshman last season for the Sooners. "He put on a clinic against us. It was a joke. The thing that makes Willie Warren so tough is his explosiveness off the bounce for a player his size. If he's making the 3-point shot, like he can do, it's almost like you pick your poison." — Arkansas coach John Pelphrey 26. Ricky Harris, 6-2, 175, SG, Sr., UMass: He shot 38.7 percent (87-of-225) last season in his first season under Derek Kellogg and was at 37.4 percent two seasons ago with former coach Travis Ford. "Ricky is a player who hunts, finds and makes shots. He is one of the best shotmakers I have coached and doesn't get affected by misses." — UMass coach Derek Kellogg 27. Luke Babbitt, 6-9, 225, F, Soph., Nevada: One of the few non-guards on this list, the skilled forward from Reno was 33-of-77 (.429) last season and can really make shots from long distance. "Luke shoots it well from every spot on the floor. He has great touch and the ability to create space to get shots. But most impressively, he works obsessively to get better." — Georgia coach Mark Fox, who coached Babbitt last year at Nevada 28. Ravern Johnson, 6-7, 175, SG, Jr., Mississippi State: He made 83 shots from beyond the arc last season — the second-most in a season at the school. He began the season making 35-of-71 but was streaky in SEC play. "The one thing that separates him is his size and athleticism. He's 6-foot-7 and athletic, and he gets very few contested shots because of his height and athleticism." — Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury 29. Jerry Smith, 6-2, 190, SG, Sr., Louisville: He connected on 54-of-131 (41 percent) last season, made 38 percent as a sophomore and was 55-of-115 (.478) his freshman year. "What makes him such a terrific shooter is the fact that if you get up on him too close, he can put it on the floor and get into the lane. He can do other things, and that's what makes him so effective at shooting the ball." — Louisville coach Rick Pitino 30. Keiton Page, 5-9, 170, G, Soph., Oklahoma State: He made 63-of-158 (.399) from deep as a freshman last season. "He has great technique, works at it and has a shooter's mentality. People questioned whether he would be effective at this level being that he's small and played in Class A here in Oklahoma, but when you can shoot the ball like he can and have the heart and savvy that he has, there's a place for you." — Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel 31. T.J. Campbell, 5-9, 190, G, Sr., Portland: He shot a sizzling 53.1 percent last season but came up just shy of having enough attempts to qualify nationally. He was 76-of-143. If he had four more attempts, he would have led the nation in 3-point percentage. He also was 39-of-69 (60 percent) in league contests. "T.J. is a great shooter because of his ability and shot selection. As a point guard, it is great he gets others involved, but there were a few times last year where he was shooting it so well we had to think about getting him more shots. It is not lost on us what a luxury it is to have a point guard who both loves getting others shots and can score himself." — Portland coach Eric Reveno 32. Kyle Gibson, 6-5, 205, G, Sr., Louisiana Tech: He was 76-of-176 (.434) last season and nearly cracked the 40-percent mark (.396) the previous year. "Kyle's willingness to work hard and pay attention to deal has been a key for him. He does a great job of getting his feet organized and getting his upper and lower body in sync. He's ready when he catches the ball and also does a great job reading his man coming off screens." — Louisiana Tech coach Kerry Rupp 33. Jeremy Hazell, 6-5, 185, G, Jr., Seton Hall: His numbers (.362) last season may not stack up, and his shot selection is questionable. But he does have terrific range. "He has a fearlessness and an uncanny ability to make extremely difficult shots." — Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez 34. Jon Scheyer, 6-5, 190, G, Sr., Duke: He has connected on 126 trifectas over the past two seasons while shooting over 38.5 percent each year. "What makes him a great shooter is the combination of great confidence, good shot-selection and love of the big moments. There may be better pure shooters, but there is no one else you would want taking the big shots in the biggest games." — Duke assistant coach Chris Collins 35. Malcolm Delaney, 6-3, 190, G, Jr., Virginia Tech: He has made 117 3-pointers in the last two seasons. He shot 40 percent as a freshman and 35.4 percent last year. "Malcolm has the ability to get squared up and on balance on the catch, off the bounce and off a screen. His release point is consistent, and he shoots a soft ball. When he shoots it, I expect it to go in." — Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg 36. Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, 190, G, Soph., Pittsburgh: He was 36-of-82 (.439) as a freshman last year. "Repetition, repetition, repetition. He works at it." — Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon 37. Zach Urbanis, 6-2, 170, G, Jr., The Citadel: He shot 44 percent both as a freshman and sophomore and was 73-of-165 as a frosh and 75-of-170 last season. "He's special because of his unselfishness and also his courage. He doesn't need to take a lot of shots to be effective, yet he is always ready and willing to step up in tight games and take and make the big shot. Tremendous work ethic and has gotten stronger. Zach has a terrific understanding of moving without the ball and getting open." The Citadel coach Ed Conroy 38. Tyree Evans, 6-3, 210, G, Sr., Kent State: In his first year at the Division I level after spending two seasons in junior college, Evans was 63-of-158 (.399). "He has supreme confidence and is oblivious to whether he made or airballed the last shot. He truly has no memory." — Kent State coach Geno Ford 39. David Gonzalvez, 6-4, 205, G, Sr., Richmond: He shot 41.4 percent (72-of-174) from beyond the arc last season and 42.1 percent as a sophomore. "Practice, practice, practice. David constantly works on his game. His mechanics are flawed, but he has practiced so much that he is a great shooter." — Richmond coach Chris Mooney

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40. Jimmy Langhurst, 5-11, 185, G, Sr., Robert Morris: He made 66-of-156 (.423) last season and 69-of-166 (.416) as a sophomore. "He's one of a handful of shooters that has NBA-type range. If he's not open, he can just move back." — Robert Morris coach Mike Rice 41. Grayson Flittner, 6-0, 200, G, Sr., Gardner-Webb: His numbers dipped a bit last season (.365), but he's a big-time perimeter shooter and was 107-of-266 (.402) as a sophomore. "He's a natural shooter. He has great form and the quickest release of anyone I have ever coached. When he misses, it is so unusual that you think someone else must have made a mistake for him to have missed. If there was a movie made in basketball like there was in baseball called 'The Natural,' it would be about Grayson. He's the best shooter on the floor every night we play." — Gardner-Webb coach Rick Scruggs 42. Chris Lutz, 6-3, 190, G, Sr., Marshall: He led the Big Ten two years ago (before he transferred from Purdue) at 47 percent (58-of-123) and was 65-of-174 (.374) last season despite battling through numerous injuries. "Chris has NBA range, great form, terrific focus and the ability to get his own off the dribble." — Marshall coach Donnie Jones 43. Casey Mitchell, 6-4, 220, SG, Fr., West Virginia: He's a dead-eye shooter who played at Chipola Junior College last season. "He thinks he's going to make every shot he takes and his thought process is that every shot is a make. He is a special shooter and can do it in his sleep. He's got great size and strength and is a great shooter and scorer." — Former Chipola Junior College coach Greg Heier, now an assistant coach at Southern Miss 44. Troy Cotton, 6-1, 180, G, Sr., Wisconsin-Green Bay: He shot 43 percent from beyond the arc last season and made 89 trifectas. He was also 54-of-117 as a freshman (.462). "He's one of the best shooters I've ever coached. He has a great ability to hunt shots, gets it off very quick and above all, he makes BIG shots." — Green Bay coach Tod Kowalczyk 45. Jonathan Tavernari, 6-6, 215, SF, Sr., BYU: He shot 38 percent (85-of-223) last season, 37.6 percent (88-of-234) as a sophomore and 37.2 percent (29-of-78) his freshman campaign. "He works so hard. He is the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. He shoots the ball with confidence and has a very quick release that helps him get it off and be consistent." — BYU coach Dave Rose 46. Javon Borum, 5-11, 190, G, Sr., UC Riverside: He was 43-of-101 and shot 42.6 percent from long distance last season. "He's a very confident kid and with his feet set, is very dangerous. He wants to take the big shot, and we expect him to shoot it even better this year." — UC Riverside coach Jim Wooldridge 47. Romain Martin, 6-3, 185, G, Sr., Eastern Illinois: He has shot over 38 percent in all three years in college. He was 78-of-196 (.398) last season and has made 190 trifectas in his career. "Romain has spent a lot of time working on being a good shooter. He has a confidence about him as a result. He believes that the ball is going in every time." — Eastern Illinois coach Mike Miller 48. Josh Young, 6-1, 175, G, Sr., Drake: He battled through an ankle injury last season and shot just 32 percent from deep (59-of-184), but when he's healthy — as he was his sophomore season (86-of-198 for 43.4 percent) — he's one of the best in the country. "Josh finally looks like he's back to his sophomore pre-injury form. After two ankle surgeries a year apart, he has his explosiveness back and is poised to, once again, be one of the best shooters in college basketball." — Drake coach Mark Phelps 49. Lucca Staiger, 6-5, 220, G, Jr., Iowa State: After not being allowed to play by the NCAA two years ago, the German wing was 74-of-192 (.375) last season from beyond the arc. "He really has a great feel on how to play off (Craig) Brackins and thinks he can make every shot." — Nebraska coach Doc Sadler 50. Tommy Freeman, 6-5, 190, F, Jr., Ohio: He made 54-of-127 (.425) last season and shot 37.1 percent as a freshman. "Tommy's ability to make shots at a high level starts with his mindset. He is able to focus on the next shot without thinking about the outcome of the previous one. Good shooters have that quality." — Ohio coach John Groce
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