Top shooters in college hoops

Published Nov. 20, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

A year ago, I ranked the Top 50 shooters in the country. This year, has opted to narrow the field to 33, plus we have a brand-new No. 1 marksman in the nation.

1. John Jenkins, 6-4, 220, G, Soph., Vanderbilt — He’s as pure a shooter as there is in the country, and it’s a tough call between him and Clarke. Jenkins was 72 of 149 from downtown as a freshman for an impressive 48.3 percent.

2. Rotnei Clarke, 6-0, 185, G, Jr., Arkansas — We had him as the No. 1 guy entering last season, and he didn’t disappoint. In last  year's season opener against Alcorn State, Clarke made 13 of 17 from long distance. He finished the season making 100 of 234 for .427 percent on 3-pointers and canned 83 of 211 (.393 percent) as a freshman.

3. Jared Stohl, 6-2, 165, G, Sr., Portland — In his three-year career, Stohl has made 245 of 541 long-range bombs for an impressive 45 percent. He was 98 of 205 a year ago — good for 47.8 percent.

4. Tommy Freeman, 6-5, 190, F, Sr., Ohio — Has connected on 44.8 percent of his trifectas in his three seasons and was 93 of 195 (47.7 percent) as a junior last year.

5. Jon Diebler, 6-6, 205, G, Sr., Ohio State — After a brutal freshman campaign, Diebler has found his stroke the past two seasons. He made 41.6 percent of his 3s as a sophomore and was 116 of 271 for 42 percent last season.

6. Donald Sims, 6-1, 170, G, Sr., Appalachian State — Has made more than 40 percent of his 3-pointers in each of his three seasons and knocked down 123 from beyond the arc last season while shooting 42.7 percent.


7. Zach Urbanus, 6-2, 170, G, Sr., Citadel — Last season was the worst percentage-wise over his three-year career, and he still made 41 percent (83 of 202) of his treys. Urbanus has made 43 percent of his 3s while at the Citadel.

8. Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, 215, G, Jr., Marquette — Shot a sizzling 47 percent last season from deep, his first with the Golden Eagles. Johnson-Odom was 73 of 154 for the year.

9. Austin Freeman, 6-4, 235, G, Sr., Georgetown — He’s always been a terrific shooter but didn’t really show it with the Hoyas until last season, when he was 59 of 133 (44.4 percent) from beyond the arc. Has made 39.3 percent of his trifectas in his three seasons.

10. Andrew Goudelock, 6-2, 200, G, Sr., College of Charleston — Dipped a bit as a junior (97 of 247 for 39.3 percent) but is still at 41.7 percent (265 of 636) on 3-pointers in his career with the Cougars.

11. Rihards Kuksiks, 6-6, 205, G, Sr., Arizona State — The Latvian native had an off year of sorts last season, making 38.4 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. However, he’s still at 40.5 percent and has made 210 treys in his three years in Tempe.

12. Jimmer Fredette, 6-2, 195, G, Sr., BYU — He’s a do-it-all kind of guy, but one of the things he does extremely well is shoot it from deep. Fredette made 77 of 175 last season for 44 percent. He has made 39.2 percent over his three years at BYU.

13. Mickey McConnell, 6-0, 190, G, Sr., Saint Mary’s — The Gaels' floor leader made more than half of his shots from beyond the arc last season, converting 51 percent (77 of 151) of his attempts.

14. Blake Hoffarber, 6-4, 210, G, Sr., Minnesota — Made nearly 43 percent of his 3s as a freshman before taking a dip (34 percent) as a sophomore. Hoffarber rebounded by going 85 of 182 (46.7 percent) last year.

15. Keiton Page, 5-9, 160, G, Jr., Oklahoma State — Can really stroke it from deep. Has made 137 of 351 from deep in his two seasons in Stillwater — good for 39 percent.

16. LaceDarius Dunn, 6-4, 200, G, Sr., Baylor — An explosive scorer who can make shots from just about anywhere. Dunn’s next 3-pointer will be the 300th of his career. He was 116 of 277 for 41.9 percent last season.

17. Corey Stokes, 6-5, 220, G, Sr., Villanova — His numbers weren’t quite as impressive as his sophomore campaign, when he made 41.8 percent and buried 76 trifectas, but Stokes was still 59 of 154 for 38.3 percent a year ago.

18. Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, 190, G, Jr., Pittsburgh — He has made 114 of 282 from downtown in his two seasons with the Panthers, including shooting 43.9 percent his freshman season and 39 percent a year ago.

19. Ravern Johnson, 6-7, 180, G, Sr., Mississippi State — Struggled as a freshman but has made 170 of 414 from 3-point-land the past two seasons. Johnson canned 40.7 percent of his attempts last year.

20. Matt Roth, 6-3, 190, G, Jr., Indiana — Missed nearly all of last season because of injury but is a knock-down guy who made 37.9 percent of his shots from long distance as a freshman.

21. Isaiah Canaan, 6-0, 175, G, Soph., Murray State — Burst onto the scene and made 54 of 112 from deep for a sizzling 48 percent as a freshman.

22. Phillip McDonald, 6-5, 200, G, Jr., New Mexico — The Lobos sharpshooter shot 36.6 percent as a freshman and improved a year ago, making 72 of 182 (39.6 percent) from long range.

23. Tyrel Reed, 6-3, 190, G, Sr., Kansas — Made 44 of 93 for 47.3 percent on three-balls a year ago and is at 42.8 percent in his three years in Lawrence.

24. Ben Botts, 6-0, 170, G, Sr., IPFW — He has been accurate all three years of college, making 45 percent his freshman and junior seasons and 42 percent as a sophomore. Has knocked down 176 trifectas in his career.

25. Quinn McDowell, 6-6, 215, F, Jr., William & Mary — Nailed 42.6 percent (58 of 136) of his shots last season and is just one of six players nationally to shoot better than 49 percent from the field, 40 from 3-point land and 80 percent from the line a year ago.

26. Tyler Laser, 6-1, 185, G, Sr., Eastern Illinois — Has made more than 40 percent of his attempts from 3 each of the past two seasons and is 113 of 280 in that span.

27. Deidivas Dulkys, 6-5, 195, G, Jr., Florida State — After struggling as a freshman, the Lithuanian made 71 of 179 shots from deep for a percentage a shade below 40 percent.

28. Tyler Newbold, 6-5, 210, G, Sr., Utah State — Hasn’t had a bad year in his three seasons. Shot 51.5 percent as a freshman, nearly 40 percent as a sophomore and 42 percent last season.

29. Devon Beitzel, 6-1, 180, G, Sr., Northern Colorado — Made 42 percent as a sophomore and followed it up last season by canning 68 of 153 for a Big Sky-leading 44 percent.

30. Zach Hahn, 6-1, 175, G, Sr., Butler — Comes off the bench for Brad Stevens and can shoot it from anywhere. Has made 91 3s over past two seasons while shooting 41 percent.

31. Reggie Bullock, 6-7, 190, SG, Fr., North Carolina — He has big-time range and will step right in and give Roy Williams and the Tar Heels what they were missing a year ago: a bona fide perimeter threat.

32. Akeem Richmond, 6-1, 180, G, Soph., Rhode Island — As a freshman last season, the Rams' shooter made 81 of 209 for 39 percent from deep.

33. Andrew Beinert, 6-4, 185, G, Sr., Holy Cross — Made 43 percent last season on 3-pointers, which was actually a drop from his sophomore campaign when he was 49 of 108 for 45 percent.