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The ACC’s three point specialists

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NCAA Basketball: Boston U at Syracuse
Dec 10, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) shoots the ball as Boston University Terriers forward Tyler Scanlon (2) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 99-77.
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It’s nice to have a passion, a specialty, a niche. Surely one of the most attention-getting, at least on a basketball court, is a predilection for taking and making 3-pointers.

Players have built entire careers on the strength of their outside shooting, or at least built formidable reputations for providing perimeter punch. At the moment there’s no one in the ACC you can point to as the prime candidate for a mantel worn over the years by the likes of Georgia Tech’s Dennis Scott and Duke’s J.J. Redick, NC State’s Rodney Monroe and UNC’s Wayne Ellington.

Several sophomores are building impressive resumes as long-distance shooters. Leading the way is Notre Dame’s Matt Ryan. He’s officially best in the ACC in 3-point percentage (.476) and the unofficial pacesetter in the portion of his field goal tries coming from the bonusphere (85.7 percent).

Virginia Tech’s Ahmed Hill has played more than twice as many minutes as Ryan through mid-December, officially ranks second in the ACC in 3-point accuracy (.446), and takes 65.1 percent of his points from long distance.

Boston College’s Jordan Chatman and Pitt’s Cameron Johnson also are among the elite sophomores in both 3-point accuracy and profligacy. Then there are the freshmen disposed toward firing from beyond the arc, led by BC’s Ty Graves and Miami’s Dejan Vasiljevic.

ACC Players with Highest Percentage of Field Goal Attempts From 3-Point Range
(Minimum 100 Minutes Played, Through Dec. 14, 2016)
% FG 3 Player, School 3-3Att 3FG% All FG Mins
.857 Matt Ryan, ND 20-42 .476 23-49 128
.764 DJ Vasiljevic, UM 18-42 .429 22-55 165
.758 Austin Ariens, WF 20-47 .426 30-62 236
.702 Andrew White III, SU 33-80 .413 49-114 289
.694 Tyus Battle, SU 15-34 .441 20-49 215
.681 Ty Graves, BC 12-32 .375 19-47 200
.667 Avry Holmes, C 18-52 .346 28-78 270
.651 Ahmed Hill, VT 25-56 .446 38-86 262
.643 Mitchell Wilbekin, WF 14-36 .389 22-56 262
.636 Justin Bibbs, VT 18-42 .429 25-66 264
.624 Cameron Johnson, UP 23-53 .434 41-85 311
.622 London Perrantes, V 17-46 .370 34-74 260
.614 Jordan Chatman, BC 14-35 .400 19-57 195
.606 Terry Henderson, NS 24-63 .381 49-104 323
.605 Matt Jones, D 17-52 .327 32-86 378

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