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Who has the most 3-pointers in college basketball history?

Most 3-pointers: Max Abmas

In today’s college basketball, we’re in the era of long-range shooters. Guys shooting 3-pointers are the new mid-range shooters and if you’re good at it, you can flip a game in a hurry.

Who are the best 3-point shot makers for men in college basketball history? Well, not everyone on this list is a household name. Steph Curry is not there. He just missed it, but he only played three seasons of college basketball.

All of the guys here played at least four years and some played more and one is still playing.

Here is the list of the guys who made the most 3-pointers in college basketball history.

Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s, 435

Clark played four seasons at Saint Peter’s (2003-06), averaging 10.1 3-point shots per game and right at 37% 3-point shooting. In those four years, he attempted only 23 more 2s than 3s. He was one of the early bombers.

He averaged 25.9 points per game in his career and pretty much was around that average every season. But his teams never made the NCAA Tournament, so he didn’t get to show out for March Madness.

Chris Clemons, Campbell, 444

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Clemons shot almost 150 more 3-pointers in his career at Campbell than 2s. He shot 11.8 his senior year and connected on 36% of those to average 30.1 points per game.

The Fighting Camels didn’t make the NCAA Tournament in any of Clemons’ four years (2016-19). He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Rockets and had a career-high 19 points in his first season. He is now with the Windy City Bulls of the GLeague.

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David Holston, Chicago State, 450

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Something got into Holston during his junior year at Chicago State. He turned into a long-range shooter. He averaged 6.5 attempts as a freshman and 11.5 as a junior and 12.3 as a senior.

And, he was hitting them with some decent consistency, shooting better than 40% his first three years at school and finishing with a four-year average of 39.2%

Jordan Bohannon, Iowa, 455

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Bohannon was at Iowa for six seasons, getting a redshirt senior year and the extra year for COVID. He shot almost exclusively 3-pointers, attempting 750 more 3s than 2s.

It didn’t translate into big points, though, as he averaged 11.4 points per game for his career and no more than 13.5 in any season. He is the first player on our list to play in March Madness, and he hit 9 of 25 triples in five tournament games.

J.J. Redick, Duke, 457

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Redick, a podcaster and ESPN basketball commentator, had a great career at Duke. His 3-point attempts and percentage went up every season with the Blue Devils. He shot 42% from long range as a senior and right at 41% for his career with the Blue Devils.

He hit 59-of-151 3-pointers in 14 NCAA Tournament games. He turned that accuracy from beyond the arc into a 15-year NBA career, shooting 41.5% and hitting 1,950 3s.

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Max Abmas, Texas, 485

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Abmas got most of his 3-pointers at Oral Roberts. He played there from 2019-23 before transferring to play this season at Texas. Abmas is the one guy on this list who will add to this total and has a great chance to move into the Top 3 or higher.

He’s shooting 39.9% from 3-point range this season and scoring 17.7 points per game.

Travis Bader, Oakland, 504

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Bader shot around 800 more 3s than 2s from 2010-14 at Oakland and was a solid 40% from beyond the arc.

His only appearance in March Madness with the Golden Grizzlies didn’t go well as he was 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

Fletcher Magee, Wofford, 509

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Magee is one of the most accurate shooters on this list, hitting 43.5% of his 3-point attempts in four years with the Terriers.

Wofford made the NCAA Tournament in his senior year and he has 24 points on 7-of-12 from long range in a first-round upset of Seton Hall, but 0-of-12 in the second round loss to Kentucky.

Darius McGhee, Liberty, 528

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Another player who got the extra year because of the COVID pandemic, McGhee played with the Flames for five seasons.

He shot an average of 11.4 3s in his fifth season and hit 39% of those. Liberty participated in March Madness for three games and McGhee was 7-of-20 from 3-point range.

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Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy, 588

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Nobody took advantage of a fifth year on this list like Davis, who put up 386 3-point attempts that last season, averaging 11.7 per game. He was one of the few on the list that was an equal opportunity shooter. He finished his career with about half and half, 2s and 3s and almost 3,000 total shots!

His Detroit Mercy teams never made the NCAA Tournament. Davis is currently playing for the Rip City Remix in the GLeague and is averaging 10.3 3s per game.

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