The news that the NCAA is moving back the three-point line had drawn mixed reactions from fans, coaches, and pundits alike. But what about the players? What do they think of the new changes?
In an interview with KUSports, Kansas players Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, Tristan Enaruna, and Issac McBride were asked how they felt about the change.
Their collective response? Not too much concern.
Garrett explained that during their training in Italy back in 2017, the team had to practice using that line and barely noticed the difference.
“I don’t feel like it’s too much different… When we played in Italy (summer 2017) we played with that line and it didn’t feel that far back.”
He also noted that he often practices his own jump shots from the NBA three-point range – which is even farther than the new NCAA line.
Agbaji stated that he hasn’t really noticed the change in a game-like situation.
“…I feel like in a game setting or game environment when we’re not really thinking too much, to step in and shoot a 3 from that far, you don’t really notice. I think once we’re just playing, once we get going, it won’t really be anything.”
McBride seemed to share Agbaji’s sentiments.
“Once you’re playing in a game, you don’t even recognize it,” McBride said. “You just shoot.”
As for Enaruna, he has noticed some slight difference but is getting used to it.
“Yesterday, with my shooting, I was actually walking in a little bit, having my foot on the line because the high school line is closer,” Enaruna said. “So I’ve got to get used to that. After a while, when you get tired, you’ll feel it. That’s where the difference comes in.”
Last year Agbaji went 23-of-75 from the three-point line, while Garrett has gone 24-of-94 over the past two seasons.
McBride and Enaruna are incoming freshman from the Class of 2019.