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NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Georgia Tech
Jan 7, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Donovan Mitchell (45) attempts a shot against Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets center Ben Lammers (44) and guard Corey Heyward (30) in the first half of their game at McCamish Pavilion. 
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This will come as no surprise -- some people are better at doing certain things than others.

Take shooting, for example. Players attempt plenty of shots in practice and individual workouts, in warm-ups and games. Coaches watch closely, managers chart outcomes. That knowledge and muscle memory is then deployed during competition, resulting in some players being encouraged to take shots within their known range while others are steered away from attempts that experience has shown they’re apt to miss.

Work goes on nearly year-round, with varying degrees of diligence and supervision, to improve shot selection and execution. Some players improve. Others, not so much.

At this point in the season everyone associated with a squad is pretty clear on what particular players are able to accomplish. Maybe that will change over time, but right now, with postseason looming, you go with what you know.

Teams create plays that put players in the best position to capitalize on their skills, or to minimize situations that force them to attempt something they’re better off avoiding.

The results speak eloquently to the success of such efforts, or the lack thereof, even if there are no official statistics that track the best, or worst, field goal shooters.

Worst 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
.315 Corey Heyward, GT* 17-54 446-25
.341 Justice Kithcart, UP 14-41 339-24
.343 Markell Johnson, NS 34-99 487-25
.344 Mitchell Wilbekin, WF 52-151 643-25
.348 Brandon Childress, WF 46-132 505-25
.348 Frank Howard, SU* 39-112 443-25
.350 DJ Vasiljevic, UM 43-123 382-24
.360 Quentin Stephens, GT* 82-228 797-25
.367 Nate Britt, NC 47-128 516-26
.370 Quentin Snider, UL* 74-200 576-19
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