Buddy Hield won the Naismith and Wooden awards last season, not to mention a unanimous first-team All-American. The endearing Hield led Oklahoma to 29 victories and the Final Four. College basketball fans embraced the Bahamas native who improved each season in college and became a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
But in one area, Hield fell just short. The Sooners sensational shooting guard finished four made free throws shy of becoming the eighth Division I college basketball player since 1993-94 to shoot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent on 3-pointers and 90 percent on free throws while averaging at least 10 points per game.
Alec Kobre, a less heralded guard from Pacific, reached those shooting marks in 22 games. He averaged 13.2 points per game last season, with a shooting slash of 51/ 44 / 91 to become the first new member since 2013-14.
Kobre ended his career in record fashion. He’s the only 50-40-90 performer in Pacific history. This past season, Kobre shot 50.5 percent from the floor, 44.1 percent from 3-point range and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line. He made two 3-pointers against the Broncos, giving him 105 in his two seasons at Pacific, which is good for 10th on the program’s career list.
Any discussion of this exclusive club must include Utah State guard Jaycee Carroll and his remarkable 2007-08 season. He averaged 22.4 points per game, shooting 53 percent from the field, 50 percent on 3-pointers and 92 percent on free throws. Carroll finished at Utah St. as the career scoring leader and eventually landed in Europe where he’s enjoying a successful stint with Real Madrid.