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40 days ‘til opening day: The most dangerous mid-major three-point shooters

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Nov. 10 couldn’t come soon enough.

As we slide through the final weeks before college basketball returns, we’ll look at one storyline about the upcoming season that lines up with the number of days until opening day. Keep coming back to see if we have the creativity and dedication to pull this off. No promises.

It’s Oct. 1 and we’re just 40 days from opening day.

The countdown enters October inching a month closer to the start of the season, but focusing further out on the court. “40.0” percent serves as an unofficial benchmark for three-point shooting excellence (at least in this writer’s mind). Come close to the figure, and you’re good. Get over it? You’re someone that defenses need to be aware of at all times.

With the three more in-style than ever, here are some of the most dangerous shooters at the mid-major level. As always, the countdown list-o-mania is not exhaustive, so let us know who we overlooked.

Nick Masterson, Kennesaw State (53.1%, 147 3PA)

Masterson somewhat oddly played in one of the least three-point dependent offenses in the country last season. But he was deadly when he let fly, connecting on 53.1 percent percent of his 147 attempts. And so were the Owls who, largely because of Masteron, finished second in the country in team three-point percentage (41.2%).

MaCio Teague, UNC Asheville (45.3%, 150 3PA)

The Big South Freshman of the Year wasn’t just effective from three, he was clutch too. Teague hit arguably the Bulldogs’ biggest shot of 2016-17 by sending their Feb. 9 game against Winthrop to overtime with a three at the buzzer. UNC Asheville would go on to win in double overtime, and should be set for another memorable season with Teague and senior Ahmad Thomas (46.2% on 78 3PA).

Devin Sibley, Furman (45.1%, 175 3PA)

The SoCon Player of the Year was central to the Paladins rise under Niko Medved. With Medved now at Drake, Sibley and his long range shooting will remain the focus as long-time assistant Bob Richey takes over.

Tyler Hall, Montana State (42.9%, 280 3PA)

We’ve talked about Hall previously as someone who will likely see his jersey retired one day. A big part of his toolkit is the long distance shot, and no returning player in the country made more three-pointers a season ago (120).

Francis Alonso, UNC Greensboro (46.2%, 221 3PA)

The Spaniard was a big part of a 25-win team that finished in a three-way tie atop a strong SoCon. He was especially lethal in league play, connecting on 51.8 percent of his 110 three-point attempts.

Others:

  • Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan (44.9%, 139 3PA)
  • Calvin Hermanson, Saint Mary’s (43.1%, 204 3PA)
  • Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas (44.5%, 227 3PA)
  • Jake Allsmiler, Georgia Southern (43.8%, 169 3PA)
  • Victor Sanders, Idaho (43.2%, 220 3PA)
  • Sam Merrill, Utah State (45.1%, 102 3PA)
  • Jordan Dartis, Ohio (43.0%, 187 3PA)
  • Kari Jonsson, Drexel (43.7%, 142 3PA)
  • Jon Konchar, Fort Wayne (50.6%, 85 3PA)
  • Mike Daum, South Dakota State (41.9%, 186 3PA) (obligatory)