Perhaps traveling a long way is an asset toward becoming a top shooter in college basketball.
That’s the trend for the year, it seems.
Senior Joe Harris arrived at Virginia from Chelan, Wash., to become a 41-percent shooter in his career with the Cavaliers. And Marshall Henderson, provided he plays this season, remains a well-traveled 3-point threat after moving from a Texas high school to Utah to Ole Miss.
Others have a Canadian flair. Four of the top 10 shooters on our list come from our neighbors from the North. Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga) and Brady Heslip (Baylor) all come from Ontario while Olivier Hanlan (Boston College) is from Quebec.
Our list of the nation’s best shooters is the first in a series of superlatives to prepare you for the 2013-14 season. Each list and more can be found in the the Athlon Sports College Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Annual. The magazine hits newsstands this week with previews for every team in every conference, plus exclusive Q&As with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.
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2013-14 Superlatives: Top Shooters
Joe Harris, Virginia
Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Olivier Hanlan, Boston College
Luke Hancock, Louisville
Jabari Brown, Missouri
Anthony Drmic, Boise State
Brady Heslip, Baylor
OTHER SHOOTER SUPERLATIVES
Breakout to watch: Kellen Dunham, Butler
Mid-major star: Travis Bader, Oakland
Transfer to watch: Coron Williams, Wake Forest (from Robert Morris)
NCAA Tourney hero: Ron Baker, Wichita State
Seventh-year senior: Ben Brust, Wisconsin