Auburn basketball: Predicting leaders for every major stat category

Sharife Cooper #2 of McEachern High School (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Auburn’s three-point percentage leader in 2020: Justin Powell

Auburn’s first commitment in the 2020 class, Powell is one of the most underrated prospects in the class in my opinion. A three-star prospect according to 247Sports and, Powell is a top-100 recruit according to ESPN and is the best recruit in the state of Kentucky.

A 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of North Oldham high school, Powell likely would’ve seen his recruitment ranking skyrocket if a nagging groin injury hadn’t kept him out for most of the year.

After being one of the best three-point shooting teams in NCAA history during the 2018-19 season, the Tigers failed to keep that same consistency last year.

Memphis transfer Jamal Johnson led the team in three-point shooting last year, hitting 38.6 percent of his shots on 2.3 attempts per game but Johnson went through a major cold streak throughout the season and I think Powell will take the cake in 2020.

Prior to his injury, Powell was averaging 24.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting an insane 58.8 percent from the field. During the Nike EYBL circuit, Powell made over half (55 percent) of his three-point shots.

We all know Bruce Pearl loves his shooters so if he’s healthy and ready to go, look for Powell to lit it up from downtown next season. I absolutely can see Powell shoot between 37 and 41 percent from deep next season regardless of the volume.