List of NCAA Division I men's basketball season 3-point field goal leaders

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A three-point field goal (also known as a "three-pointer" or "3-pointer") is a field goal in a basketball game, made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc radiating from the basket. A successful attempt is worth three points, in contrast to the two points awarded for shots made inside the three-point line. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) keeps records of the Division I 3-point field goal makes per game (3PG) average annual leaders. The statistic was first recognized in the 1986–87 season when 3-point field goals were officially instituted by the NCAA.[1] From the 1986–87 season through the 2007–08 season, the three-point perimeter was marked at 19 ft 9 in (6.02 m) for both men's and women's college basketball.[2] On May 3, 2007, the NCAA men's basketball rules committee passed a measure to extend the distance of the men's three-point line back to 20 ft 9 in (6.32 m), while the women's line would remain the same.[2]

Darrin Fitzgerald of Butler owns the all-time NCAA single-season record of 3-pointers made per game (5.64) which he accomplished in 1986–87.[1] His 158 three-pointers made that season is also the second highest total in history behind Stephen Curry's 162 in 2007–08.[1][3] Some players—such as prolific scorers Darrell Floyd, Pete Maravich and Austin Carr—who competed prior to the 1986–87 season may have scored more baskets from what would have been 3-point territory if the rule had been in place during their college careers.[2] Although Duke's J. J. Redick is the career leader in 3-point shots made (457) he never led the country in 3PG.[4] The player with the highest 3PG average over the span of his entire career (with a minimum of 200 made threes) is Mississippi Valley State's Timothy Pollard, who made 4.57 per game over four years.[1]

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3-point field goals per game[edit]

Travis Bader, right, was the 2012–13 leader.
Season Player Pos. Cl. Team Games
played
3-point
field goals
3PG
1986–87 Fitzgerald, DarrinDarrin Fitzgerald G Sr Butler 28 158 5.64
1987–88 Pollard, TimothyTimothy Pollard G Jr Mississippi Valley State 28 132 4.71
1988–89 Pollard, TimothyTimothy Pollard (2) G Sr Mississippi Valley State 28 124 4.43
1989–90 Jamerson, DaveDave Jamerson G Sr Ohio 28 131 4.68
1990–91 Phills, BobbyBobby Phills G Sr Southern 28 123 4.39
1991–92 Day, DougDoug Day G Jr Radford 29 117 4.03
1992–93 Haslett, BernardBernard Haslett G Jr Southern Miss 26 109 4.19
1993–94 Brown, ChrisChris Brown G Jr UC Irvine 26 122 4.69
1994–95 Taylor, MitchMitch Taylor G Jr Southern 25 109 4.36
1995–96 Young, DominickDominick Young G Jr Fresno State 29 120 4.14
1996–97 Fourche, WilliamWilliam Fourche G Sr Southern 27 122 4.52
1997–98 Staples, CurtisCurtis Staples G Sr Virginia 30 130 4.33
1998–99 Merriweather, BrianBrian Merriweather G Fr Texas–Pan American 27 110 4.07
1999–00 Merriweather, BrianBrian Merriweather (2) G So Texas–Pan American 28 114 4.07
2000–01 Jefferson, DewayneDewayne Jefferson G Sr Mississippi Valley State 27 107 3.96
2001–02 Doliboa, CainCain Doliboa G Sr Wright State 28 104 3.71
2002–03 Woods, TerrenceTerrence Woods G Jr Florida A&M 28 139 4.96
2003–04 Woods, TerrenceTerrence Woods (2) G Sr Florida A&M 31 140 4.52
2004–05 Plavich, BrendanBrendan Plavich G Sr Charlotte 29 114 3.93
2005–06 Collins, AndreAndre Collins G Sr Loyola (MD) 28 118 4.21
2006–07 Sir, StephenStephen Sir G Sr Northern Arizona 30 124 4.13
2007–08 Holston, DavidDavid Holston G Jr Chicago State 28 130 4.64
2008–09 Holston, DavidDavid Holston (2) G Sr Chicago State 32 147 4.59
2009–10 Harman, RobbieRobbie Harman G Sr Central Michigan 30 105 3.50
2010–11 Foster, KevinKevin Foster G So Santa Clara 38 140 3.68
2011–12 Jenkins, JohnJohn Jenkins G Jr Vanderbilt 35 134 3.83
2012–13 Bader, TravisTravis Bader G Jr Oakland 33 139 4.21
2013–14 Richmond, AkeemAkeem Richmond G Sr East Carolina 33 153 4.64
2014–15 Harvey, TylerTyler Harvey G Jr Eastern Washington 32 128 4.00
2015–16 Hield, BuddyBuddy Hield G Sr Oklahoma 37 147 3.97
2016–17 Keene, MarcusMarcus Keene^ G Jr Central Michigan 32 125 3.91

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  1. ^ a b c d "2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2010–11 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Katz, Andy (May 3, 2007). "Committee extends men's 3-point line to 20-9". ESPN. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Darrin Fitzgerald". Butler University Athletic Hall of Fame. Butler University. Retrieved May 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "J. J. Redick bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 2010. Retrieved May 28, 2010.