The overall 3-point shooting percentage, as well as the 3-point attempt percentage both fell considerably last season. Still, the 3-point shot is a big part of the game. We look at two of the best returning shooters for next season.
The NCAA moved the 3-point line before the 2019-20 season and many expected it to impact the games and the NCAA Basketball odds. Right now the sample size is small. We will be able to have more accurate statistical takeaways in a few years but KenPom.com and sports-reference revealed the following:
The 3-point percentage across NCAA Basketball fell from 34.4 to 33.3 last year. This is the lowest of any season going back to 1993-94, the first season in KenPom.com’s database.
Also, the 3-point attempt percentage fell from 38.7 to 37.5. That 38.7 3-point attempt percentage in 2018-19 was an all-time high while the 37.5 3-point attempt percentage from last season still tied the second-highest ever (2017-18).
The decline in 3-point percentage was much more evident but there were players who still managed to excel from distance; for example Payton Pritchard (41.5), Markus Howard (41.2 percent)
All of them are expected to play in the NBA but two players, in particular, could also be lethal from beyond the arc next season.
Terrell Gomez, who recently transferred from the CSU Northridge Matadors to the San Diego State Aztecs was stellar from distance, making 44.0 percent of his attempts and he is also among the best free-throw shooters in the nation. Gomez ranked second in NCAA Basketball, making 94.4 percent of his free-throw attempts (101-107).
Gomez can become one of the few players to shoot at least 40.0 percent from 3-point range in all four seasons in their NCAA Basketball careers. Former Marquette guard Markus Howard was the last player to achieve. Howard shot 41.2 percent from downtown last season and made 42.7 percent of his 3-point attempts in 128 career games.
Next season Gomez and Northern Iowa guard Trae Berhow can join this exclusive club. Berhow shot 44.6 percent from distance last season, attempting fewer shots than Gomez. San Diego State is at +2500 to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament at BetOnline and Gomez can shine in their offense and shoot the lights out.
Dru Kuxhausen is coming off a strong season at McNeese State. As a freshman, the made 125 3-pointers in 32 games, shooting 45.8 percent. He also shot 91.2 percent from the free-throw line. Kuxhausen and Terrell Gomez were the only players in the nation to make at least 97 3-pointers and shoot over 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Can Kuxhausen replicate the 125 3-point shots he made over his next three seasons? If he can do it he would have 500 for his career, behind only Travis Bader (504 3-pointers with Oakland) and Fletcher Magee (509 3-pointers with Wofford) in the all-time list. Kuxhausen is more than capable of surpassing them, it will be interesting to see what he can do in the near future and how McNeese State performs.