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When the three point shot backfires

Notre Dame v Chaminade
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 20: Rex Pflueger #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes a jumpshot during the second half of the game against the Chaminade Silverswords at Lahaina Civic Center on November 20, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii.
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Not everybody is good at what they do, or at all of what they do.

This unfortunate truth is evident in the corps of laggard 3-point shooters returning to the ACC this season. Boston College boasts (is saddled with?) two of the bottom five in Vin Baker, Jr. and Steffon Mitchell, both freshmen in 2018.

The least-accurate 3-point marksman coming back this season, Pitt’s Kene Chukwuka, also was among the worst free throw shooters (.433). He’s now a junior and presumably will learn to zero in on the basket under new coach Jeff Capel.

Notre Dame sank from fourth to 11th in 3-point accuracy last year, handicapped by the graduation of Steve Vasturia and V.J Beachem, injuries to Matt Farrell and Bonzie Colson, and the misfires of Nikola Djogo and 35-game starter Rex Pflueger. Between them the Djogo and Pflueger tried 184 threes and made 54, a cumulative 29.3 percent.

Pflueger shot 39.7 percent from the bonusphere in 2017. Relied on more and launching long-distance strikes almost twice as often, his accuracy dropped significantly.

Worst Returning 3-Point Shooters,
Minimum 1 Attempt Per Game In 2018
Pct. Player, School 3M-3Att
.191 Kene Chukwuka, UP 9-47
.200 Vin Baker, Jr., BC 8-40
.241 Nikola Djogo, ND 14-58
.250 Terance Mann, FS 13-52
.275 Steffon Mitchell, BC 22-80
.306 Kerry Blackshear, VT 15-29
.311 Torin Dorn, NS 23-74
.317 Rex Pflueger, ND 40-126
.3200 V.J. King, UL 24-75
.3203 Jared Wilson-Frame, UP 74-231