Big men that can shoot are an increasingly familiar sight across college basketball. 247Sports’ Kevin Flaherty took an in-depth look at this “stretch four phenomenon” that is well worth the read.
As more and more teams began to play four-out — meaning just one player hovering in and around the paint — the stretch four has become a common part of basketball lexicon, with those players becoming among the most coveted recruits in all of college basketball.
The A-10 is no stranger to the trend. As the season draws near, here are several league players to keep an eye on when they roam the perimeter.
Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington, Sr., 6’9
Cavanaugh’s floor spacing ability helped the Colonials post the 29th best offensive efficiency in the country in 2015-16. Nearly a third (30.7 percent) of his shots came from three-point line and he was remarkably efficient in knocking down 41.7 percent of these shots.
T.J. Cline, Richmond, Sr., 6’8
Cline is one of the A-10’s best offensive players, which should come as no surprise given his bloodlines (his mom is the legendary Nancy Lieberman). He spread out his offense across all three levels last year, but still connected on 37.0 percent of his 144 three-point attempts.
Peyton Aldridge, Davidson, Jr., 6’7
Davidson has a sweet-shooting big; of course it does. Aldridge was a key cog in Bob McKillop’s offensive machine last year, and was superb from distance during conference play (42.0 percent on 69 attempts). He and Boston College transfer Will Magarity will need to take the pressure off of scoring maestro Jack Gibbs.
Christian Sengfelder, Fordham, Jr., 6’7
Sengfelder loves the perimeter, taking 51.6 percent of shots from distance last season. But the high volume shooter was highly effective (39.8 three-point percentage), and will be a good outlet for sophomore playmaker Joseph Chartouny.
Kuran Iverson, Rhode Island, Sr., 6’9
Iverson gave opponents something to think about from deep in 2015-16. After attempting just 13 three point shots in his first two seasons at Memphis (connecting on just three), the transfer forward went 16-for-41 from distance last year. That amounted to just 18 percent of his shots, but his efficiency was impressive for a player that contributes so much in the paint.
Breakout candidates: Sam Miller (Dayton, Soph., 6’9), Isiaha Mike (Duquesne, Fr., 6’7).