There are few things more entertaining in basketball than when the ball gets swung in transition to an open shooter in the corner. As the defense frantically and helplessly tries to rotate, the crowd rises to its feet in anticipation as the shooter gets ready to take aim at the rim.
Thanks to statistics provided to ACCSports.com from the NCAA, we can see that these types of events are beginning to occur more frequently. According to college basketball’s governing, teams attempted more three-point field goals in 2015-16 than in 2014-15. Last season, Division I teams launched an average of 20.5 shots per game from beyond the arc — an increase of nearly two more attempts per game (up from 18.6). This was the first time ever that teams have combined to average more than 20 three-point attempts per game. The largest driver of this change is, of course, the increased pace of play, which can easily be traced to the reduced shot clock; the 2015-16 season marked the first winter of the 30-second shot clock.
That’s not all, though: the NBA has had a three-point revolution the last 5-6 years. Teams are chucking from deep at a record rate in the NBA, and that trend has trickled down to the college ranks.
Now, we all know who some of the best three-point shooters in the ACC are — V.J. Beachem, Grayson Allen, London Perrantes, etc. However, I wanted to take a look at which players were on the opposite end of that spectrum. I’m not talking about a big man who never shoots threes, like Abdul-Malik Abu of NC State, who, in over 1,600 career minutes, has taken only five shots from beyond the arc. Instead, we want to examine the players who exist at the intersection of high-volume shooting and low efficiency. Basically, which players need to either start hitting more threes, and which ones should just abandon the concept altogether and go do something else?
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