NE PROVEN DEEP THREAT RETURNS
Four of the Huskies top five 3-point shooters from the 2018-2019 season are no longer with the team.
Early NBA entrant Jaylen Nowell (44% on 116 3PT attempts in 2018-2019 season) plus seniors David Crisp (37.4% on 198 attempts); Dominic Green (35.1% on 158 attempts; Matisse Thybulle (30.5% on 151 attempts) have all moved on from the University of Washington.
The only proven (returning) deep threat on the Huskies roster — measured by a minimum of 50 attempts and 30% shooting from beyond the arc — is rising junior Naziah Carter (31% on 71 attempts). Only two other Huskies returning for the 2019-2020 season attempted 10 or more three-point shots last season: Hameir Wright (58 attempts, 24.1% shooting) and Jamal Bey (10 attempts, 40% shooting).
Based on past performance, three-point shooting is the number one glaring weakness for the Huskies.
The good news is that Naz Carter showed noticeable improvement shooting beyond the arc from his freshman to his sophomore season.
Carter made himself into a reliable catch-and-shoot marksman from behind the arc.
Carter can quickly get his feet set properly; and has a compact efficient shooting form with a high release point.
Even with defenders closing to his shooting hand, Carter is able to get his shoot of cleanly in one-count.
Considering he shot a higher three-point percentage than Thybulle last season (albeit on less attempts), the Huskies should trust Carter’s deep shooting ability and game plan to get Carter open looks from three.
Naziah Carter’s improved three-point shooting makes him a versatile scorer, either creating his own shot by attacking off the dribble or from catch-and-shoot situations, and a threat to score anywhere on the floor.