ISU’s McGee to compete in 3-point challenge

ATLANTA – Eight college basketball players were invited to participate in the 2013 State Farm College 3-point Championship. And Iowa State senior guard Tyrus McGee is one of them.

McGee was one of the nation’s best shooters this past season for the NCAA tournament qualifying Cyclones. He hit 46 percent of his shots from distance, which led the country, and also ranked 34th nationally in 3-pointer makes per game with 2.7. He led the Big 12 in that category.

McGee, a native of Stringtown, Okla., was the Big 12 Sixth Player of the Year after drilling 96 triples. That was the third-best single season in Iowa State history and McGee also connected on 146 treys in his two-year career in Ames. And his 43.7 career 3-point percentage is second best in Cyclone history.

This year’s 3-point shootout will be Thursday, April 4, at the Final Four in Atlanta. The event, which also includes a slam dunk contest, will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 6 p.m. It will be held this year – the 25th year of its existence – at the McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech.

The only other Cyclone to participate in the State Farm College 3-Point Championship was current ISU coach and former Ames High School standout Fred Hoiberg, who competed in the event during his senior year at Iowa State in 1995.