Low Balling: Numerous Conference Single-Season Scoring Leaders Bottom Out

Where have all the big-time scorers gone? Can anyone really shoot the ball anymore? A total of 21 current and defunct NCAA Division I conferences in the previous 13 seasons posted an all-time low for their top point producer, including seven last year. Let's hope players start spending more time practicing their shooting than their flash-dance dunking and in the tattoo parlor.

The lowest scoring average by a DI conference champion in the last 50 years was 15.2 ppg by Southern Utah's Sean Allen in the American West in 1994-95. Following are the lowest scoring averages to lead a major conference, including defunct leagues, in the last 65-plus years since the end of World War II:

Conference Scoring Leader Class School Average Season
America East T.J. Sorrentine Soph. Vermont 18.8 ppg 2001-02
American South Kevin Brooks Sr. Southwestern Louisiana 21.2 ppg 1990-91
American West Sean Allen Sr. Southern Utah 15.2 ppg 1994-95
Atlantic Coast John Richter Sr. North Carolina State 17.0 ppg 1958-59
Atlantic Sun Torrey Craig Soph. South Carolina Upstate 16.4 ppg 2011-12
Atlantic 10 Mark Jones Jr. St. Bonaventure 18.0 ppg 1981-82
Big East* Kevin Jones Sr. West Virginia 19.0 ppg 2011-12
Big Eight* Claude Retherford Sr. Nebraska 12.4 ppg 1948-49
Big Sky Jermaine Boyette Jr. Weber State 17.1 ppg 2001-02
Big South Dustin Van Weerdhuizen Jr. High Point 16.5 ppg 2001-02
Big Ten* Bob Cook Jr. Wisconsin 15.6 ppg 1946-47
Big 12 Marcus Fizer Soph. Iowa State 18.0 ppg 1998-99
Big West Ralph Holmes Sr. Cal State Fullerton 16.9 ppg 2004-05
Border Hank Decker Jr. West Texas 12.9 ppg 1945-46
Colonial Athletic George Evans Soph. George Mason 17.2 ppg 1998-99
Conference USA Will Barton Soph. Memphis 18.0 ppg 2011-12
East Coast Doug Mills Sr. Hofstra 16.6 ppg 1983-84
Great Midwest Elbert Rogers Sr. UAB 20.4 ppg 1991-92
Great West Isiah Williams Sr. Utah Valley 16.4 ppg 2011-12
Gulf Star Terry Butler Sr. Southeastern Louisiana 16.5 ppg 1986-87
Horizon League Kendrick Perry Soph. Youngstown State 16.8 ppg 2011-12
Ivy League* John Rockwell Sr. Harvard 15.8 ppg 1949-50
Metro Jerald Honeycutt Sr. Tulane 17.3 ppg 1994-95
Metro Atlantic Athletic Mikkel Larsen Jr. Iona 17.5 ppg 1994-95
Mid-American Joe Shaw Jr. Western Michigan 14.5 ppg 1950-51
Mid-Eastern Athletic Sean Booker Soph. North Carolina A&T 16.1 ppg 2004-05
Missouri Valley Ed Macauley Jr. St. Louis 13.6 ppg 1947-48
Mountain States Jack Hauser Fr. Denver 14.0 ppg 1946-47
Mountain West Brandon Ewing Jr. Wyoming 17.2 ppg 2007-08
Northeast James Feldeine Jr. Quinnipiac 17.0 ppg 2008-09
Ohio Valley Jack Coleman Sr. Louisville 14.7 ppg 1948-49
Pac-12* Andy Wolfe Soph. California 14.8 ppg 1945-46
Patriot League Austen Rowland Sr. Lehigh 15.5 ppg 2003-04
Rocky Mountain Boyd DeTonacour Jr. Montana State 10.5 ppg 1946-47
Southeastern Jim Nolan Fr. Georgia Tech 14.6 ppg 1945-46
Southern Jarvis Hayes Fr. Western Carolina 17.1 ppg 1999-2000
Southland Nate Bowie Sr. Central Arkansas 17.5 ppg 2007-08
Southwest Joe McDermott Sr. Rice 14.7 ppg 1950-51
Southwestern Athletic Trant Simpson Soph. Alabama A&M 15.5 ppg 2007-08
Summit League Kenyatta Clyde Sr. Southern Utah 16.6 ppg 1998-99
Sun Belt DeJuan Wright Sr. Florida International 16.7 ppg 2011-12
West Coast Noah Hartsock Sr. Brigham Young 16.8 ppg 2011-12
Western Athletic Josh Grant Sr. Utah 17.3 ppg 1992-93
Yankee Ken Goodwin Jr. Rhode Island 16.7 ppg 1947-48

*Big East, Big Eight, Big Ten, Ivy League and Pac-12 figures are for conference games only.