A player with a hot hand from the outside that can knock down shots from beyond the arc or consistently drain that 15-footer, makes the game easier for his team and can wreak havoc on the defense. Add to that the ability to convert from the free-throw line, and opposing coaches are always on edge.
We’ve gone through the stats and found the top shots in all of D3 Men’s Basketball so far this season. Take a look at our list, and vote for the player you think is the Top Sharpshooter in D3 Men’s Basketball?
(Voting will be open until 12/21 at 7pm (central time); Stats are per the NCAA website for games played through 12/12)
Aston Francis, Jr./Wheaton (IL)
27.9 ppg (3rd)
34 – 3-pt FGM (T12th)
Wheaton’s Aston Francis averaged 37.5 points per game in two contests last week earning him his second consecutive College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week award. Francis scored a career-high 45 points in a 98-95 two-overtime win at Elmhurst on Saturday, tying him for the fifth-highest single-game total in Wheaton history and the most since 2008. His effort is tied for the fifth-highest point total in Division III this year.
Mylo Mitchell, Sr./Lehman
63.6% – 3-pt% (2nd)
66.7% – FG% (15th)
28 – 3-pt FGM (T30th)
Named the City University of New York Athletic Conference player of the week last week, Lehman’s Mylo Mitchell led the Lighting to a pair of CUNYAC wins. Mitchell averaged over 27 PPG including a 33-point, four-assist game at John Jay. The senior guard shot over 70% from the field for the week and ranks in the top-25 in the nation in both field goal percetnage and 3-point percentage.
Ricky Samuelson, Sr./Wheaton (IL)
69.7% – 3-pt% (1st)
93.1% – FT% (23rd)
60.2% FG% (57th)
19.5 ppg (T92nd)
The second Thunder player on our list, Wheaton senior Ricky Samuelson leads the nation in 3-point field-goal percentage converting just short of 70% (69.6%). Samuelson was on fire in the month of November, averaging 27.8 points per game in the first four games of the season, helping the Thunder to a 3-1 start. During his four-game run he posted a 70.4% (38-of-54) field goal percentage, including 77.3% (17-of-22) from three-point range.
Nate Dodge, Jr./UW-Stevens Point
62.2% – 3-pt% (4th)
28 – 3-pt FGM (T30th)
22.0 ppg (T31st)
59.1% – FG% (72nd)
UW-Stevens Point junior guard Nate Dodge set a school record with 10 made three-pointers as the Pointers lead from wire-to-wire in a 91-77 victory over Hope on Saturday.
Dodge scored a game-high 42 points, the second-highest single-game scorer in UWSP history. He had 17 points at the half and went 7-of-8 from long range in the second half. He shot 2-for-2 from the free throw line, added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Khyce Randall, Sr./Howard Payne
24.3 ppg (11th)
49% – 3-pt% (44th)
24 – 3-pt FGM (T76th)
The current leader in the American Southwest Conference in scoring, Howard Payne senior Khyce Randall also ranks third in the ASC in 3-point percentage. His 24 treys also ranks him in the top-100 in the nation from beyond the arc.
Eric Porter, Sr./Lake Forest
40 – 3pt FGM (T5th)
48.8% – 3-pt% (T47th)
90.3 FT% (49th)
21.3 ppg (50th)
Lake Forest senior guard Eric Porter earned Midwest Conference Player of the Week honors for last week. Porter converted 4-for-7 from three-point range and finished with 15 points in the Foresters’ 80-55 rout of visiting Cornell Friday evening. He also recorded four steals in the contest. Then, on Saturday the Foresters hosted and defeated Grinnell 104-91 with Porter matching his own school record with 11 three-pointers in 18 attempts on the day. His career-high 42 points are the fifth-highest single-game total and the most by a Forester since January of 2005. Porter also shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line and added three more steals in the game.
Jack Davidson, Fr./Wabash
48.6% – 3-pt% (49th)
22 ppg (T31st)
91.8% – FT% (35th)
Wabash freshman Jack Davidson was tabbed the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for week 2, averaging 26 points in two wins for the Little Giants last week. He scored a career-best 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record his first collegiate double-double in an 82-69 victory against Earlham. Davidson is averaging 22 points through the first six games of the season for Wabash.