Best Mid-Major Three Point Shooters to Watch in 2013-14

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The three-pointer can be the great equalizer in college basketball. Who are the nation's premier three-point shooters among the mid-major ranks this upcoming season?

Travis Bader, Oakland: Bader made more three-pointers than anyone in the country a year ago (139). The scary thing is that after a productive summer, Bader may become more of a threat this upcoming season. Bader attended the Kevin Durant Skills Academy outside of Washington, DC last month and now he has become recognized as one of the nation's best wings and maybe even a specialist at the next level.

Sean Armand, Iona: Armand was one the nation's premier 3-point threats last year, making nearly forty-one of his shots from behind the arch. Armand should be able to bomb it from downtown this year with Rutgers transfer Mike Poole and big man David Laury serving as threats on other areas of the court.

Billy Baron, Canisius: Armand isn't the only player in the MAAC who is a big threat from three. Canisius had a slew of shooters in Harold Washington and Isaac Sosa who could drain it a year ago, but now the former Virginia and Rhode Island transfer stands alone. Baron averaged 17 points per game a year ago, including shooting over 38 percent from three.

Davon Marshall, Liberty: A big reason Liberty got hot at the end of the season and won the Big South Championship was because of the 3-point shooting of junior college transfer Davon Marshall. The Flames play a two point guard threat where Marshall serves as a perimeter threat and running mate John Caleb Sanders becomes more of a slasher. Marshall made more 3-pointers than anyone in the Big South a year ago and shot over 40 percent from beyond the arch.

Akeem Richmond, East Carolina: Get ready for it to rains threes on the banks of the Tar River for the next couple of years. Rhode Island-transfer Akeem Richmond has become Conference USA's best 3-point shooter and after his graduation expect Florida State-transfer Terry Whisnant to pick up where he left off. Richmond could put up silly numbers to start this season with the Pirates extremely soft out-of-conference schedule that has them playing four non-Division I teams and they also never leave the state of North Carolina.

Dyami Starks, Bryant: Starks gave the Bryant Bulldogs quite a shot in the arm last year and our own Ben Miraski touched on it last December. The rising sophomore ended the year averaging nearly 18 points per game and made more 3-pointers than anyone in the Northeast Conference. If the Bulldogs take the next step in the NEC then it will be because of the shooting of Starks.

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary: Thorton is another rising sophomore who made his mark last year averaged almost 20 points per game.  Tony Shaver and the Tribe will be trying to make some noise in a new CAA and Marcus Thorton is going to have to be their leader. Shaver has also loaded up on perimeter threats in the recruiting ranks from the Class of 2013 and 2014.

Chris Fouch, Drexel: Thorton won't be the only guy for opposing defenses to zero in on in the CAA. Many fans may have forgotten about Drexel's Chris Fouch after injury derailed his season, but the Dragons' guard is still one the conferences and the country's premier shooters. Bruiser Flint is looking for a resurgence and maybe to cool off his hot seat in Philly and Fouch needs to be a big part of those efforts.

Tate Unruh, Northern Colorado: The Big Sky's best shooter from beyond the arch is Northern Colorado's Tate Unruh. Unruh shot 43 percent from beyond the arc last year and made more 3-pointers than anyone in the conference. Look for him to continue to make it rain from three in his senior year in Greeley.

Travis Betran, Austin Peay: A lot of talented shooters have moved on in the Ohio Valley Conference and now it's time for Betran to step up as the OVC's best perimeter threat. Betran averaged over 17 points per game and shot over 40 percent from 3-point range.

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