In an increasingly space-conscious NBA that falls deeper in love with the 3-pointer each season, teams will continue to prize shooting when they assess the latest wave of incoming talent.
Here are the top five shooters available in the 2018 draft.
Though his efficiency tailed off toward the end of the season and he ultimately shot just 36 percent from 3-point range as a freshman, Trae Young laps the field in terms of range, volume, degree of difficulty, and ability to hit off the bounce. The quickness and efficacy with which he can get his shot off from seemingly anywhere on the floor, contested or otherwise, was enough to earn him some (admittedly far-fetched) comparisons to Steph Curry. On top of his long-range prowess, Young shot a sterling 86.1 percent from the free-throw line on 8.6 attempts per game in his lone collegiate season. There are justifiable concerns about whether his ability to create for himself will translate to the next level, but he's probably the best pure shot-maker in the draft.
Unlike Young, Mikal Bridges does his damage from the perimeter as a spot-up shooter, and few players in college basketball were as effective or as prolific as he was off the catch this season. Bridges posted a .514/.435/.851 line while hoisting six threes a game, good for a ridiculous 65.5-percent true shooting mark, and all while helping lead the Wildcats to the national title. He hasn't flashed as much off-the-dribble weaponry as some of his peers, but given the incredible strides he's made as a long-range gunner over the course of his three college seasons - improving from 29.9 percent in his freshman year percent to 43.5 percent as a junior while more than tripling his attempts - it's a decent bet he'll continue to figure things out.
Landry Shamet was one of the deadliest 3-point shooters in college basketball this season, hitting 44.2 percent on nearly six attempts a game. It wasn't an outlier either, as he shot 43.9 percent from deep as a freshman last season. And unlike some of the other highly-touted shooters in this draft, Shamet has also been a terror in the mid-range and equally effective off the dribble and off the catch. He took on more lead ballhandling responsibilities this season and became comfortable shooting out of the pick-and-roll when defenses dropped back. Shamet will need to fill out his game and his frame to be an impact player at the next level, but with a quick release and the size to shoot over opposing point guards, his shooting efficiency should translate.
Few players were as committed to the 3-ball as Grayson Allen in his senior season, when he got up 7.5 triples a game - accounting for 64 percent of all his field-goal attempts - and canned 37 percent of them. Allen's efficiency was knocked down some by the volume and degree of difficulty of his threes. Allen has always had a smooth stroke and been a threat coming off screens, and has shown an increasingly keen ability to shoot off the bounce. That he shot at least 81 percent from the line in all four of his college seasons, including 85 percent as a senior, is another positive indicator.
Jerome Robinson doesn't have the quickest release in the world, but with the footwork and body control to create separation, stop on a dime, and pull up from just about anywhere, he put up a .485/.409/.830 shooting line in a monster junior season with the Eagles. He's as comfortable from the mid-range as he is from deep, and he can be effective working with or without the ball. As a spot-up option he's able to get his feet set quickly, and is always prepared to launch off the catch. Robinson is another guy who has shown massive improvement as a shooter over the course of his college career, nudging his true shooting percentage up from 50.5 to 51.5 to 60.8.