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The ACC’s Best Returning Free Throw Shooters

The ACC’s best returning marksmen from the line

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Virginia’s Ty Jerome is the ACC’s best returning free throw shooter
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Official statistics are, as we’ve been known to point out, circumscribed in their applicability. By imposing restrictive criteria for inclusion, they tend to minimize the role played by those who make the most of limited opportunity.

As a result, because they failed to attempt 2.5 foul shots per game, most of the most accurate free throw shooters each season fail to appear in official leader compilations. This year the excluded constitute six of the 10 best returning foul shooters.

We highlight those achievements here to better appreciate their potential contributions in 2019.

Note that, in Shelton Mitchell and Marcquise Reed, Clemson has two of the best officially qualifying free throw shooters in the league. The Tigers also boast two of the best six overall, a nice advantage. Reed’s acuity doubtless contributed to his inclusion on the 2018 second team All-ACC squad.

Last season’s official FT leaders were Joel Berry of North Carolina with an .893 conversion rate and Wake Bryant Crawford at .868. Berry graduated, Crawford jumped ship. Neither would have ranked better than third among the returning leaders.

Top 2018 Free Throw Accuracy Among Returning ACC Players
(Minimum 300 Minutes Played, One Conversion Per Appearance)
FT% FT-FTA Player, School Official Rank
.905 38-42 Ty Jerome, V None
.899 71-79 Jordan Chatman, BC None
.864 38-44 Darius Perry, UL None
.857 108-126 Shelton Mitchell, C 3
.847 50-59 Cameron Johnson, NC None
.845 120-142 Marcquise Reed, C 5
.8392 167-199 Tyus Battle, SU 6
.8378 62-74 Brandon Childress, WF None
.8376 129-154 Temple (T.J.) Gibbs, ND 8
.833 15-18 Curtis Haywood, GT None