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Bombs Away! The Best Returning ACC Three Point Shooters

Some of them probably aren’t who you were thinking of.

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 16 Div I Men’s Championship - First Four - Notre Dame v Rutgers
 DAYTON, OH - MARCH 16: Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Dane Goodwin (23) takes a shot against Rutgers Scarlet Knights forward Ron Harper Jr. (24) on March 16, 2022, during the First Four of the NCAA Basketball Men’s Basketball Championship at the Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
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A look at 3-point shooting by ACC regulars usually reveals talents who might otherwise sneak by casual observers. Not so much this year.

For instance, that sort of examination previously identified Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe as a promising if unsung player. By his senior season he led the Yellow Jackets in scoring. Devoe finished as a .393 career shooter on threes.

Entering the 2023 season, everyone among the actual 3-point shooting leaders started a majority of games for his team. Only one averaged fewer than 30 minutes per game; Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski averaged 29.0.

Three of the Irish – all grad students – were among the ACC’s best outside shots: Dane Goodwin, Laszewski and Cormac Ryan. Between them they took 50.12 percent of the threes on a squad that at .381 from the bonusphere was second most accurate in the ACC.

Mike Brey’s squad trailed only Virginia Tech (.392) in converting from long-distance. The Hokies were led by Hunter Cattour, who increased his playing time and attempts from ’21 and went from sixth in scoring among the Hokies to third. He was the ACC’s fourth most-accurate returning shooter from long-range.

The leading bombardier in the league was Jaeden Zachery, the sole surprise among premier perimeter producers. While every other top returning 3-point marksman will either be a senior or a grad student in 2022-23, Zachery will be a seasoned sophomore.

The Wisconsin product first stopped off at Florida’s Chipola College, where he excelled at the point and earned some junior college honors. Zachery was one of two Eagles to shoot better than a breakeven percentage from beyond the arc in 2022, and was BC’s No.3 scorer. Keep an eye on him.

By the way, last year’s official 3-point leaders based on 2.5 made per game were Brady Malek of UNC (.40329) and Joe Girardi III (.40271) of Syracuse. Five other returning ACC regulars were more dangerous from long distance.

Top Returning 3-Point Shooters Among 2022 ACC Regulars
(Minimum 300 Minutes, One Three Made Per Game Played)
Player, School 3Pt% 3M-3Att Min/G 3M/G
Jaeden Zachery, BC .477 52-109 34.4 1.58
Dane Goodwin, ND .458 70-153 33.4 2.00
Nate Laszewski, ND .456 57-125 29.0 1.63
Hunter Cattour, VT .417 83-199 32.9 2.37
Cormac Ryan, ND .407 57-140 30.0 1.63
Joe Girardi, SU .403 89-221 34.0 2.70
Daivien Williamson, WF .395 62-157 30.3 1.87