Michigan State Basketball: All-sharpshooting team from Tom Izzo era

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Guard: Chris Hill

Talk about a blast from the past, Chris Hill was one of those guys who always seem to be forgotten when talking about some of the best shooters in program history. Give this man some credit.

One major reason he probably flies under the radar more than most is because his numbers dipped big-time during his senior year in 2004-05 which is something you don’t typically see. Usually numbers are low as freshman and sophomores and then sky-rocket during junior and senior seasons but Hill saw the opposite happen.

Despite shooting his worst percentage from deep (37 percent) as a senior and averaging the lowest points per game of his career (8.8), he still managed to shoot 42 percent from 3-point range over his career and 46 percent from the floor. He owned the Big Ten record for 3-pointers made in a single game (10) until Bryn Forbes broke it in 2016.

Honorable mention: Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine

One of those players who only played a couple of years at Michigan State was Gary Harris. He had a two-year career in East Lansing before earning first-round draft grades and departing after his sophomore year. His shooting numbers intrigued NBA teams as he made 38 percent of his threes over his career and shot 44 percent from the floor. He was a consistent, reliable shooter.

Quite the contrary, Denzel Valentine played four years at Michigan State and just got better and better. He shot just 28 percent and 38 percent in his freshman and sophomore years, respectively. He picked things up as a junior and senior, shooting 42 percent and 44 percent from deep, respectively. Denzel shot 41 percent from deep over his career and seemingly couldn’t miss a shot as a senior.