Chris Warren's game-winning 3 against No. 10 Kentucky (photo by Robert Jordan)
Feb. 8, 2012
VIDEO: Top Five 3-Pointers In School History
By John Holt, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Graduate Assistant
It’s evident that college basketball has seen immense changes over the past several decades. Yet has there ever been a particular shot in the sport as significant and impactful as that of the 3-pointer? Regardless of how you choose to look at it, this year marks the 25th anniversary of a shot that has changed the game in a multitude of ways.
Since its formulation in the 1986-87 season, the 3-point shot in NCAA basketball (which today has an arc radius of 20 feet and nine inches) has provided many dazzling moments in the history of Ole Miss Hoops. No Rebel fan can ever forget Jason Harrison’s three from the top of the arc with 48 seconds left against Notre Dame in the second round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, which ultimately propelled Ole Miss to its first Sweet 16 appearance.
While most recently, on Feb. 1, 2011, Chris Warren’s three with 2.9 seconds remaining provided the Rebels a thrilling 71-69 upset win over then 10th-ranked and eventual Final Four participant Kentucky at the Tad Smith Coliseum.
Let’s take a look back at Ole Miss’ top 10 career 3-point shooters.
1) Chris Warren (2008-11) 334 - Standing at only 5-10, this Orlando native torched opponents from beyond distance from the time he stepped foot on the hardwood in Oxford. Besides being Ole Miss’ best 3-point shooter, Warren’s 334 treys also ranks him fifth in the Southeastern Conference record books. During that time, he produced a streak of 46 straight games with at least one 3-pointer. He set a school record for threes in an SEC game with eight at South Carolina in 2011 and had two more games with seven triples. Warren currently is playing professionally in Australia.
2) Aaron Harper (2001-04) 278 - In his senior year, this Jackson, Miss., native, ranked in the SEC’s top 10 in five categories, including scoring (tied for eighth at 16.5), assists (ninth at 3.25), field goal percentage (10th at .445), 3-pointers made (fourth at 2.39) and 3-point percentage (seventh at .387). Since graduating, he has played professionally in a number of countries and is a four-time All-Star.
3) Keith Carter (1996-99) 249 – One of the most popular players to ever wear a Rebel uniform, Carter garnered AP All-America honorable mention honors his senior season while also connecting on 77 3-pointers. He completed a four-point play with 1:35 remaining, which ultimately propelled Ole Miss to a landmark 73-64 win at No. 7 Kentucky on Feb. 14, 1998. He went on to have a seven-year professional hoops career in Italy. Today, Carter serves as an assistant athletics director for development with UMAA Foundation and the basketball radio analyst for the Rebels.
4) Joe Harvell (1990-93) 214 – Harvell picked up Freshman All-America honors and led the Rebels to the SEC Tournament Championship game in the 1989-90 season to kick off a stellar Ole Miss career. His junior season, Harvell led the SEC in scoring, averaging 25.0 points per game and presently still holds the second highest career 3-point percentage by any Rebel at .405. He also ranks as the No. 2 scorer in school history with 2,078 points. After a six-year playing career overseas, Harvell today is the district manager with Dunlap & Kyle Co., overseeing several Gateway Tire stores in the Memphis area.
5) Jason Harrison (1999-02) 163 - Harrison ranks fifth on this list, but his 3-point basket in the final minute of the Rebels’ 2001 NCAA Tournament second round game against Notre Dame arguably ranks as the top shot in Ole Miss basketball history. Standing at 5-5, Harrison’s shot with 48 seconds remaining propelled the Rebels to the program’s only Sweet 16 appearance. He currently serves as an assistant coach at Holmes (Miss.) Community College.
6) Todd Abernethy (2004-07) 158 - In his senior season, Abernethy helped the Rebels to the 2007 SEC Western Division crown. Coming from the same hometown (Carmel, Ind.) as current Los Angeles Laker forward Josh McRoberts, Abernethy served as the Rebels’ team captain during his final two seasons. In addition to his 3-point prowess, he also led the SEC in assists as a senior. Since graduating in 2007, Abernethy has played professionally in Holland, Latvia, Estonia and most recently, Ukraine.
7) David Huertas (2008-09) 152 - After transferring to Ole Miss from Florida after his freshman season where he was a member of the Gators’ 2006 NCAA Championship team, Huertas played two seasons in Oxford before returning back to Puerto Rico to pursue a professional career there. As a junior in 2008-09, he was a second-team All-SEC selection and also was the conference’s fourth-leading scorer with an average of 18.1 points per game. Since graduating, he has played professionally in Puerto Rico, France and Greece, and also is a member of the Puerto Rican national basketball team.
8) Zach Graham (2008-11) 136 - Graham was an excellent 3-point marksman during his four-year Rebel career, which concluded just last March. However, his career-high 30-point performance in a 90-59 win over Auburn on Feb. 16, 2011, stands above the rest. In that game, the Suwanee, Ga., native connected on 9-of-15 shots from the field, including 7-of-11 from beyond distance, which ranks as the second-most threes by a Rebel against an SEC opponent. He exited the program as the Rebels’ career leader in games played (135) and is currently a member of the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns.
9) Joezon Darby (1996-98) 131 – As a 3-point specialist, Darby helped guide Ole Miss to two straight SEC West titles and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1998. Following his career as a Rebel, Darby spent one year playing professionally in Israel. This past summer, in Jackson, Miss., Darby conducted the 10th year of his annual School of Skillz basketball camp for boys and girls, while currently he serves as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Alcorn State University.
10) Clarence Sanders (2006-07) 127 - Despite only being with the Ole Miss program for two seasons, Sanders hit 3-pointers at the highest rate in school history before Chris Warren came around. He is remembered for scoring 11 of the Rebels’ last 12 points in a 75-69 upset win over No. 18 Alabama in 2007, as well as his game-winning buzzer beater against LSU that same year. He drilled seven 3-pointers on three separate occasions during his two years in Oxford. Sanders was selected in the seventh round of the 2007 NBA D-League draft by the Anaheim Arsenal.