Best big-man shooters in college basketball for 2021-22

Analyzing the best big-man shooters in college basketball for the 2021-22 season.

There is a noticeable buzz surrounding the start of the college basketball season with practice starting earlier this week.

As part of Heat Check CBB’s efforts towards getting our readers set for the upcoming season, we’re producing Five For Friday — a weekly series breaking down all sorts of Top 5s related to college hoops.

In this week’s Five For Friday, let’s check out the five best returning shooters in college basketball who stand above 6-9.

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Noah Waterman, Detroit Mercy

Jr. | 6-11, 210 pounds | 52.8% on 72 3P attempts

Waterman played in seven games his freshman season at Niagara. He then transferred to Detroit for his sophomore year where he started 12 games, playing 27 minutes per game. Waterman graded out in the 99th percentile on Synergy, scoring 1.26 points per possession. While Waterman showed he was best in pick-and-pop/catch-and-shoot situations, he also had success as a cutter in the half court.

Nate Laszewski, Notre Dame

Sr. | 6-10, 235 pounds | 43.4% on 83 3P attempts

Laszewski enters Year 4 at Notre Dame after taking a big jump in his shooting last season. Laszewski shot 31 percent from three as a sophomore and vastly improved to a 43.4-percent clip as a junior. He ranked in the 89th percentile, per Synergy, in spot-up opportunities and his 1.26 points per possession landed him in the 99th percentile in half-court scoring. Notre Dame’s top three-point shooter last season was also the Irish’s No. 2 scorer and leading rebounder. Laszewski is eyeing a big senior season.

Maurice Calloo, Oregon State

Sr. | 6-10, 220 pounds | 42.0% on 81 3P attempts

Calloo began his D-I career with Oklahoma State and then transferred to Oregon State. After sitting out a year due as a redshirt, Calloo showcased he was an impressive jump shooter as he scored 1.12 points per possession on half-court jumpers, grading out in the 85th percentile on Synergy. He also scored 1.123 points per possession in catch-and-shoot situations in the half court. Calloo only played 16.7 minutes per game and averaged 5.8 points per game in ten starts but could see a bigger role this season.

K.J. Williams, Murray State

Jr. | 6-10, 245 pounds | 41.3% on 63 3P attempts

Williams was named First Team All-Ohio Valley for the second straight season last year, averaging 15.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He also showcased his shooting range by finishing in the 93rd percentile, per Synergy, scoring in the half court and the 97th percentile scoring off spot-ups. Williams is a true inside-outside threat looking to make his presence felt as he vies for OVC Player of the year honors and a third consecutive all-league nomination.

Amanze Ngumezi, Jacksonville State

Sr. | 6-9, 245 pounds | 40.0% on 50 3P attempts

Ngumezi played his first two season at Georgia where he started seven total games. Last season was his first at Jacksonville State where he averaged 16.6 minutes and 8.7 points per game. Synergy indicates that Ngumezi was exceptional in spot-up situations, which is where nearly 20 percent of his shots were produced in the half court. Ngumezi scored 1.152 points per possession, good for the 89th percentile nationally. Jacksonville State has a deep roster, but look for Ngumezi to have his role carved out with his combination of size and shooting ability.



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