by Zach DiSchiano, publisher
Long-range shooting is an integral part of any team’s success in today’s game, and college coaches around the nation are looking to add sharpshooters with every class they recruit.
The state of Texas has produced quality 3-point specialists that ventured on to have successful collegiate and professional careers, like Daniel Gibson, Wesley Matthews and A.J. Abrams. Now, we take a look at some of the best rising players with an affinity for the triple – regardless of class.
10. Brandon Armstrong – Converse – Judson – No. 34 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
Armstrong averaged 10.2 points per game as a junior for Judson last season, knocking down 43 percent of his jumpers from behind the arc. Look for his role to expand as a senior this year and if he can increase his total points per game, he will add many more offers on top of his existing one from New Hampshire.
9. Grant Lair – Richardson – Pearce – No. 78 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
The only thing more surprising than Lair’s shooting ability for a 6’6 forward is the fact that no one really knows who he is, despite playing at a 6A school, shooting close to 40 percent from 3, and averaging more points per game than D.J. Hogg and Tyler Williams last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him skyrocket into our top-25 this year as he continues to dominate offensively from all areas of the court.
8. Kobe Magee – San Antonio – Brandeis – No. 20 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2017 rankings
A young talent primed for a big 2015 campaign, Magee was lethal from behind the arc during his sophomore season averaging 18.5 points per game with 43 3-pointers made a 38 percent rate. He already holds offers from area schools UTSA, Sam Houston State and UTEP, but also picked up an offer from the east coast with Long Island-Brooklyn.
7. Ajare Sanni – Pearland – Pearland – No. 39 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2018 rankings
A freshman playing with the big boys at the 6A level is already a huge accomplishment, but Sanni’s numbers from last season are truly remarkable for a 14-year old kid. He averaged 16.5 points per game, lighting it up from downtown with 78 3-pointers made at a 38 percent clip. This kid’s ceiling is incredibly high and there is no reason he should not continue to impress as a sophomore for Pearland this season.
6. Knox Hellums – Tomball – Concordia Lutheran – No. 32 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
This private school baller took 253 shots from behind the arc last year, but his coach gave him the green light for a reason – he hit 90 of them. Hellums has a smooth stroke for a 6’6 guard, and he already has an offer from Houston Baptist going into his senior season.
5. J.R. Adams – Katy – Cinco Ranch – No. 84 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
Another kid who’s stock should rise drastically over the course of the next season, Adams put up 18.4 points per game and hitting 80 3-pointers for Cinco Ranch last season, helping them to an undefeated district record and a 27-5 mark overall.
4. Jhivvan Jackson – Euless – Trinity – No. 45 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2017 rankings
He ranked 3rd in the DFW area in 3-pointers made per game, behind only seniors Austin Grandstaff and Sean Choate. Jackson, originally from Puerto Rico, averaged more than 20 points per game as a sophomore and knocked down 69 3-pointers in an impressive season. He participated in the Mo Williams Academy Elite alongside top 2017 prospects Billy Preston and Victor Bailey, so there’s no telling how high Jackson will climb during the next couple of years.
3. Marco Anthony – San Antonio – Holmes – No. 17 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2017 rankings
Anthony is a special talent with a bright future ahead of him, and a big part of his game is the 3-point shot. He knocks them down at a 45 percent rate, helping him to a healthy 19.3 points per game. He has offers from Mercer, Brooklyn and UTSA, and that list will undoubtedly expand over the next two years with his skill set.
2. Dalton Standish – Grapevine – Grapevine Faith – No. 72 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
Chances are you’ve never heard of him, but this is quietly one of the best shooters in the state. He launched an unprecedented 370 3-pointers last season, and made 146 of them. How anyone can hit more than four 3-pointers per game while still maintaining a 39 percent average and oh – did I forgot to tell you he put up 28.3 points per game – and still go unnoticed is beyond comprehension. This kid has talent, and it won’t be long before D1 programs start to notice.
1. Hunter Janacek – Houston – Scarborough – No. 45 in Texas Top 100 Class of 2016 rankings
This 6’5 shooting guard can light up the scoreboard in a hurry. Averaging 19.3 points per game, Janacek hit 43 percent of his shots from downtown, totaling 97 on the season. Widely considered to be the best sharpshooter in the Houston area, Janacek has consistently grown as an all-around basketball player while maintaining his deadliness from beyond the arc, and that’s why he takes our No. 1 spot as the best shooter in the state of Texas.
2016 Armoni Brooks
2017 Chandler Herman
2018 Luke Cox
2016 Jalon Gates
2018 Michael Jankovich