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

Bryn Forbes, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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Forward/Center: Jaren Jackson Jr.

Just one season was enough to include Jaren Jackson Jr. on this list. In case you don’t recall, the kid was a dang unicorn.

What I mean by this is that he did some things at Michigan State that we’ll likely never see again and when we tell our kids just how good he was in one season with the Spartans, they’ll have to watch highlights to believe it.

Although he averaged just 10.9 points, he played just 22 minutes per game because he was always in foul trouble. College refs didn’t know how to officiate him and usually gave offensive players the benefit of the doubt even though he was actually one of the best defenders in the Big Ten, averaging 3.0 blocks per game.

Back to his shooting prowess, though. He was one of the only floor-stretching bigs that Tom Izzo gave the green light to and he made 40 percent of his shots from deep and wasn’t afraid of the mid-range either. His percentage from the floor was up over 51 because he was a 60 percent shooter from inside the arc.

If you need a big guy to step out and hit a three, Jackson Jr. has to be your pick.

Honorable mention: Kenny Kaminski, Goran Suton

Imagine what Kenny Kaminski’s shooting numbers would have looked like had he stayed at Michigan State all four years. He played just one season in the green and white and had a promising start before transferring to Ohio. He was a spark off the bench for the 2013-14 team, making a piping hot 49 percent of his 3-point shots (38-of-77) on the year.

Goran Suton was a non-factor from deep for his first three seasons with Michigan State and then finally got the green light as a senior and shot an impressive 44 percent. He only attempted 48 threes that year, but shooting 44 percent as a big deserves some recognition.

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