SHOOTERS YOU’RE LIKELY TO SEE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT, NUMBERS 11-15
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Here’s our second installment of “Shooters You’re Likely To See in the NCAA Tournament,” this time numbers 11-15, but in reverse.
15. ISAIAH CANAAN (Murray St, 6-foot-1, Senior)
66-of-171 from 3-point range (39 percent)
Average 3-pointers per game: 2.9
What You Need To Know: A strong, rangy guard with a nasty step-back jumper, Isaiah’s a three-year starter. And although he’s leading the Ohio Valley Conference at 21 ppg, he’s actually an even better shooter than he’s shown this year — he shot 46 percent last season and 48 percent as a freshman. He also loves dunking, but we can forgive that in this particular instance.
Game of the Year: He shot 6-of-11 from long range for a cool 32 points against Lipscomb, which is also a good thing to own if you have a mustache.
NBA Player You Can Compare Him To In Order To Impress Charles Barkley: You should say “he’s basically a hybrid of a longer Jameer Nelson and a Mario Chalmers who’s actually good at things.”
Chance You’ll See Him In The NCAA Tournament: 75 percent. Murray State’s 18-5, and 9-2 in conference, but after a nice stint as the indisputable top dog, they now have to deal with newcomer Belmont, who has some real horses. Anyway, they’ll probably play each other in the conference tournament final for the automatic bid. Without that, Murray’s got to get its RPI up a bit — it’s at 85 right now.
Fun Fact: He attended Biloxi High School in Mississippi, as did Fred Haise, a member of Apollo 13, which was immortalized in the movie of the same name, for which Ed Harris won the Academy Award for Best Vest.
14. LAURENT RIVARD (Harvard, 6-foot-5, Jr.)
56-of-133 from 3-point range (42 percent)
Average 3-pointers per game: 2.8
What You Need To Know: He’s Canadian! French Canadian, to be exact, just like Mario Lemieux and every other hockey player not named Mike Modano. And he’s exactly our kind of guy: Of the 150 shots he attempted as of this writing, 133 were triples. And you know how some dudes wear t-shirts under their jerseys? In Canadian high school, he wore a long-sleeve shirt. It’s very cold in Canada. He also has an absolute textbook stroke.
Game of the Year: He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc against Yale.
NBA Player You Can Compare Him To In Order To Impress Charles Barkley: Jason Kapono, and only partially because he’s kind of handsome.
Chance You’ll See Him In The NCAA Tournament: 60 percent. It’s likely between Harvard and Princeton for the bid from the Ivy — the head-to-head Saturday should reveal a lot.
Fun Fact: He can complete a Rubix Cube in under 2 minutes, and his Mom’s name is Celine, because every woman in Canada’s name is Celine.
13. SETH CURRY (Duke, 6-foot-2, Senior)
57-of-136 from 3-point range (42 percent)
Average 3-pointers per game: 2.6
What You Need To Know: Really? Dick Vitale didn’t tell you about this guy yet? Well here’s the deal: His dad is all-time NBA great shooter Del Curry and his brother Steph is the skinniest dude in the NBA who’s actually good. Seth averaged 20.2 ppg at Liberty his freshman year before transferring Duke, and he’s now averaging 16.8 ppg, second on the Blue Devils behind possible Player of the Year Mason Plumlee.
Game of the Year: He missed just one triple in seven attempts against Georgia Tech and went 4-for-4 from line, adding up to a nifty 24 points.
NBA Player You Can Compare Him To In Order To Impress Charles Barkley: Steph Curry. Actually, that won’t impress Charles or anyone else. Quick JJ Redick who can pass? Tall Eddie House? Fine, Steph Curry.
Chance You’ll See Him In The NCAA Tournament: C’mon, it’s Duke.
Fun Fact: His mom is objectively attractive. Nice work, Del!
12. ETHAN WRAGGE (Creighton, 6-foot-7, Junior)
60-of-136 from 3-point range (44 percent)
Average 3-pointers per game: 2.4
What You Need To Know: Oh, thought we’d pick Doug McDermott as our guy from Creighton? (Actually, just keep reading, in coming weeks we’re definitely going to pick Doug McDermott.) Ethan’s another specialist. All but four of his field goals this year are from beyond the arc. On the bad side, he was the guy who committed the foul that ended up breaking North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall’s wrist last year, and lots of people said mean things to him on Twitter we can’t print here.
Game of the Year: 6-of-9 from deep and 22 points against Drake.
NBA Player You Can Compare Him To In Order To Impress Charles Barkley: Mike Miller, and only partially because he’s kinda funny-looking.
Chance You’ll See Him In The NCAA Tournament: 90 percent. Creighton’s RPI is 46, they’re 20-6, and the MVC is too legit to quit.
Fun Fact: He’s from Sandusky Ohio, the setting for the movie Tommy Boy and home to the greatest amusement park in the world, Cedar Point. I rode Cedar Point’s roller coasters with my really cool grandma every summer when I was a kid.
11. RYAN BROEKHOFF (Valparaiso, 6-foot-7, Sr.)
66-of-145 from 3-point range (46 percent)
Average 3-pointers per game: 2.8
What You Need To Know: He’s Australian! Like Dellavedova from last week, he attended the Australian Institute of Sport, which is never not referred to as “prestigious”. He led Oz’s apparently unselfish team in scoring at 10.9 ppg at the World University Games this summer. His 16.8 points and eight rebounds per game are both tops for Valpo, and he’s got a shot at being the first Valpo player to be drafted since the guy who hit the shot, Bryce Drew.
Game of the Year: 7-of-9 from Outback range while going for 26 against Milwaukee, which, it turns out, is not Algonquin for “The Good Land.” So, never trust Alice Cooper.
NBA Player You Can Compare Him To In Order To Impress Charles Barkley: In some ways, many of them hair-related, he’s a much smaller, much quicker Dirk. In others, he’s like a cooler Rudy Fernandez. So unless your “thing” is being obscure, and you’d lose all your obscure-cred if you weren’t, go with the Dirk one.
Chance You’ll See Him In The NCAA Tournament: 70 percent. The Crusaders are 20-6, first in Horizon League, and if they beat second-place Detroit this weekend, they’ll be sitting pulchritudinous, as they say.
Fun Fact: He looks exactly like Peggy’s boyfriend from Mad Men, the weird writer guy.