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Hidden Three Point Heroes

These guys shot the three well but not enough to make official lists.

Duke v Virginia
 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 29: Matthew Hurt #21 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots over Mamadi Diakite #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on February 29, 2020 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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This official ranking is silly. Yet it’s perfectly reflective of what can be simplistic criteria for ACC and NCAA leadership.

So go ahead and try to guess who’s on the list of 3-point shooters officially credited as most accurate in the ACC in 2020.

Probably can’t do it.

According to the NCAA standard (2.5 threes made per game) there weren’t many qualifiers in the ACC last year. In fact, there was one and only one recognized 3-point shooter — Boeheim, Buddy. Syracuse. 32 games. 97 of 262 from the bonusphere for .370 accuracy.

That’s all, folks!, as Porky Pig would say.

While Boeheim’s is an undeniable achievement, his leadership ratified by a universal and previously established standard, it is, shall we say, in need of further context. Namely that 18 other ACC performers who played at least 20 minutes per game in 2020, our standard for qualifying as a regular, shot better from beyond the arc than did Boeheim. They simply didn’t shoot often enough to materialize on the official stat horizon, their reticence as likely as not a function of team dynamics and strategy as personal limitation.

Boeheim earned his recognition by trying and making more threes than any of his sharpshooting competitors, including teammates Elijah Hughes and Joe Girard III who attempted at least 217 each.

But given how many players did actually eclipse the Syracuse junior, the standard by which 3-point shooting leadership is recorded is thus a source of partial information at best, and in its own way is a source of opacity, at least in 2020.

A fuller examination of shooting by ACC regulars reveals a wave of talents who might otherwise take observers unawares this coming season.

Who, for example, is conversant with the shooting of BC sophomore Jay Heath (.376 while making 2.1 threes per game)? Or the All-ACC caliber work of Georgia Tech junior Michael Devoe, the Jackets’ top scorer and the best bombardier (.427 on 124 attempts) among returning league regulars?

Or even the marksmanship of gangly Matthew Hurt, Duke’s top holdover scorer who on average played half of each game as a freshman and hit .393 from beyond the arc?

Top Returning 3-Point Shooters Among 2020 ACC Regulars
(Minimum 300 Minutes, One Three Made Per Game Played)
Player, School 3Pt% 3M-3Att Min/G 3M/G
Michael Devoe, GT .427 53-124 35.1 1.9
Hunter Cattoor, VT .402 51-127 20.3 1.6
Aamir Simms, C .400 34-85 31.6 1.1
Matthew Hurt, D .393 42-107 20.6 1.4
Nahiem Alleyne. VT .388 49-126 26.0 1.5
Chris Lykes, UM .381 51-134 30.1 2.0
Dane Goodwin, ND .3768 52-138 26.2 1.6
Jay Heath, BC .3757 65-173 33.3 2.1
Kihei Clark, V .3750 36-96 37.1 1.2
Braxton Beverly, NS .3731 50-134 24.9 1.6
Buddy Boeheim, SU .370 97-262 35.5 3.0