Fletcher Magee breaks NCAA career 3-point record, shoots Wofford to 1st tournament win – AOL

Wofford’s Fletcher Magee might just be the best shooter in college basketball history. Better than J.J. Redick. Better than Steph Curry. And now he has the place in the NCAA record book to prove it.

Magee had already passed those current NBA stars on various long-range shooting lists. On Thursday night, he passed Oakland’s Travis Bader to claim the Division I record for most 3-pointers made in his career.

Magee drained Nos. 503, 504 and 505 in his NCAA tournament debut. Then, in a battle with 10th-seeded Seton Hall, he drained Nos. 506, 507, 508 and 509 for good measure. His threes – 7-of-12 in all – propelled Wofford to its first-ever tournament victory.

Magee’s record-breaking 3s

No. 503 was classic Magee, shoulders nowhere near square to the hoop, from well beyond the arc:

The record-tying triple was a four-point play off a screen, with two defenders right in his grill, again several feet behind the line:

The record-breaking shot opened the second half, and extended Wofford’s lead to 13:

Seton Hall, behind Myles Powell’s 27 points, climbed back into the game, and actually took two separate one-point leads. But then Magee got hot:

Behind Magee’s 24 points and Nathan Hoover’s 18, Wofford pulled away for an 84-68 win. Next up? Kentucky.

Magee’s 3-point record is as incredible as it sounds

Magee not only has the record. By almost any statistical measure, he’s a better shooter than the other greats immediately below him on the list.

Of the top 25, Magee has the best hit rate – almost 44 percent – by more than 1.5 percentage points. He broke Bader’s record in 96 fewer attempts. He bests Redick – third on the list – by three percentage points and 48 makes. He’s played fewer games than both.

Earlier this season, Magee broke Curry’s Southern Conference record. Of course, the former Davidson, now-Golden State Warriors superstar made his 414 threes in three seasons. Had he stayed for a fourth, he almost certainly would top the list.

But he didn’t. Magee, a fringe NBA prospect at best, did. He finally led Wofford to the tournament in his fourth and final attempt. And after Thursday night, America now knows his name.

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Maryland ‘s Bruno Fernando (23) celebrates during the final moments of the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman (23) grabs a rebound over Bradley guard Ja’Shon Henry (22) during a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Louisville forward Jordan Nwora is fouled by Minnesota guard Amir Coffey, right, during a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Auburn’s forward Horace Spencer (0) and New Mexico State guard JoJo Zamora (4) battle for a rebound in the first half during a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Yale ‘s Paul Atkinson (20) and LSU’s Kavell Bigby-Williams battle for a rebound during the first half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Belmont ‘s Dylan Windler, center, goes to the basket between Maryland ‘s Bruno Fernando, left, and Darryl Morsell (11) during the second half of the first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – MARCH 21: Trevelin Queen #20 of the New Mexico State Aggies reacts after being defeated by the Auburn Tigers 78-77 in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – MARCH 21: Terrell Brown #3 of the New Mexico State Aggies attempts to shoot the ball against Anfernee McLemore #24 of the Auburn Tigers during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 21: Elijah Childs #10 of the Bradley Braves celebrates after a three point basket against the Michigan State Spartans during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – MARCH 21: Clayton Henry #5 of the New Mexico State Aggies dives for the ball during the first half against the Auburn Tigers in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – MARCH 21: Tevin Brown #10 of the Murray State Racers celebrates after hitting a three pointer during the second half of the first round game of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at XL Center on March 21, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Purdue’s Matt Haarms celebrates a basket as Old Dominion’s Justice Kithcart (2) follows during the second half of a first-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. Purdue won 61-48. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Villanova’s Jermaine Samuels (23) dunks against St. Mary’s Malik Fitts (24) during the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – MARCH 21: Johnny MCCants #35 of the New Mexico State Aggies dunks the ball against Chuma Okeke #5 of the Auburn Tigers during the second half in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 21, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DES MOINES, IOWA – MARCH 21: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans glares at Aaron Henry #11 after a play during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament against the Bradley Braves at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MARCH 21: Adam Kunkel #5 of the Belmont Bruins reacts on the bench in the second half of play against the Maryland Terrapins during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at VyStar Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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The Fletcher Magee fables

There are all kinds of Fletcher fables that sound like myths. Like the time, as told by The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil, when his childhood neighbors had to call his parents to ask that he stop shooting in the driveway past midnight. Fletcher, instead of stopping, simply piled up couch cushions underneath the net, to mute his obsessive shooting past 2 a.m.

And like this one:

His shot selection is questionable. His form is unconventional. If it didn’t send a basketball swishing through a net more than 43 percent of the time, it would be labeled ugly. Magee would be labeled a gunner.

But it does. He is a gunner, but in the best of ways. And now he’s an NCAA record-holder.

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