clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

3-point shooting becoming a strength for Kentucky

New, 13 comments

If Ashton Hagans continues to shoot the way he did tonight, the offense completely opens up.

Tyrese Maxey Jamie Boggs - Sea of Blue

One of the major story lines in this early season for the Kentucky Wildcats has been their sub par shooting from behind the three-point line.

Entering Friday’s game against Mount St. Mary’s, they were shooing a horrifying 21% from deep. But after shooting 40% on Friday and 45.5% on Sunday, it seems the Wildcats are headed in the right direction.

We all knew that Tyrese Maxey could shoot. He showed out right out of the box against Michigan State. After a few lesser performances as of late, he returned to form on Sunday, hitting 4 of 6 from behind the three-point line. He has to make those shots to open up the offense. And according to John Calipari after the game, Maxey has the green light to shoot the ball, especially in transition.

Immanuel Quickley leads the team in three-point percentage (min. 10 attempts) at 37%. He continues to be a consistent threat from deep, and he has proven himself to make wise decision when the basketball is in his hands.

However, the most important development could be the shooting of Ashton Hagans. He shot just 27.5% from three-point range last season, and shooting was a point of emphasis for him in the off season. After starting the season 0/9 from deep, Hagans hit 3/4 on Sunday to show that he can be a threat from the perimeter.

If those three guys can continue to improve their outside shooting, and Nate Sestina can get back to his Bucknell form, the spacing for living legend Junior Nick RIchards to work will be incredible.

I know the last couple of weeks have been frustrating at times, but this team is trending in the right directly...and at an astounding pace.