Nation's best pure shooters

Michael Frazier II among most prolific long-range threats in college basketball

Updated: May 8, 2014, 10:34 AM ET
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider

Michael Frazier IIStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesFlorida guard Michael Frazier II shot 44.7 percent from 3-point range last season.

It's easy to look at NCAA statistics from last season and pick out the top returning 3-point shooters. It's harder to pick out players who can shoot the long ball while being the focus of an opponent's scouting report every single night.

Here are six accomplished players who shoot the ball well and will be crucial parts of teams that will likely play in the NCAA tournament this season.

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Michael Frazier II, Florida Gators

Frazier returns for his junior season at Florida having already made 170 3-point shots in his career. Last season, he shot 45 percent from deep and made at least four 3-pointers in 13 games, including 11 at South Carolina in a career-high 37-point effort.

As coach Billy Donovan rebuilds a roster that went 36-3 last season en route to the Final Four, Frazier will have even more responsibility in the Gators' offense as the only returning starter. It means he will be defended even more closely than in his first two years, but he will have ample opportunity to improve on his 12.4 points per game.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.