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Best field goal shooters in the ACC

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NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Duke
Feb 4, 2017; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson (21) shoots against Pittsburgh Panthers forward Michael Young (2) in the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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We’ve reached the point in the season where the shape and texture of teams’ and players’ games are evident. A few might collapse, or in NC State’s case snap out of it. But in most instances you can more or less predict the output.

With the league race about to move into the final turn, this is a good time to check out the best and worst shooters in the ACC among regulars – those who play at least 10 minutes per game.

When someone has the ball, let’s not go by reputation or a TV announcer’s assertion but rather by the facts, such as they are. Granted, some think only in-conference stats really matter. That’s one opinion.

What’s more, we don’t think a player must officially qualify among the league leaders – by making five field goals per game – to prove himself as a shooter. Too many marksmen are missed by employing that high bar.

Playing time may be curtailed by squad depth or redundant strengths, by limitations in stamina or ball skills, or a need for more experience or less aggressiveness. Or, having a particular player on the floor for longer stretches may compromise a team’s defensive prowess or cohesion.

Still, if he can shoot, he can shoot.

Among those listed below, only Wake’s John Collins qualifies among the official ACC leaders. The No. 2 shooter in the official stats is Duke’s Luke Kennard at .527. Fourteen players, led by Notre Dame’s Martinas Geben, a 6-10 junior, are making at least 58.0 percent of their shots.

Best Field Goal Shooters Among ACC Regulars
(Minimum 10 Mins. Per Game, Through Feb. 12,
Starter in Majority of Games Indicated by Asterisk)
FG% Player, School FG-FGA Mins-Gs
.614 Martinas Geben, ND* 35-57 363-27
.612 Ebuka Izundu, UM 41-67 274-23
.610 Isaiah Hicks, NC* 122-200 602-25
.609 Mamadi Diakite, V 39-64 274-22
.609 Anas Mahmoud, UL* 56-92 419-22
.602 John Collins, WF* 168-279 636-25
.598 Chris Clarke, VT* 97-165 694-24
.597 Jaylen Johnson, UL* 80-134 519-25
.597 Jarred Reuter, V* 43-72 290-23
.592 Amile Jefferson, D* 100-169 685-23

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