Oct. 30, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis junior Tyler Les, who canned 82 three-pointers last season including a school-record tying eight against San Jose State, was selected as No. 35 on CBSSports.com's preseason list of the top 50 shooters in NCAA Division I, it was announced on Tuesday.
Les, a 6-foot-2 guard from Peoria, Ill., ranked 27th among the nation's shooters in three-point percentage last season, making 41 percent of his 200 attempts. He was also ranked 45th in treys per game, averaging 2.7. Les was just one shy of the single-season Aggie record.
He highlighted his year with an amazing night at San Jose State last December when he nailed 8 of 9 from beyond the arc, including making five in the second half. He later added five three-pointers at Cal State Northridge and had seven games overall with at least four.
"I'm proud of Tyler because I know he's put in a lot of time and effort and hard work," said Aggie coach Jim Les. "On a national scale, for that to be recognized, I know he's appreciative. I think for our program, that's where we want to go. We want to make UC Davis basketball relevant on a national scale and this is a step, albeit individually.
"Now we want to do it collectively for the accolades that our team can achieve."
Les took 85 percent of his shots from three-point territory last season, making at least one in 28 of the team's 31 games. He ranked third in the Big West with his 2.7 treys per game.
Jeff Goodman, national college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com, said of Tyler Les in the ranking: "His dad could fill it up from downtown back in the day, and now he watches his kid do it. Les made 82-of-200 (41 percent) as 83 percent of his field goals were of the 3-point variety."
Among the players Les is ranked in front of are Reggie Bullock of North Carolina (37), Chasson Randle of Stanford (41) and Christian Watford of Indiana (42nd), the nation's preseason No. 1 team. Rotnei Clarke of Butler was tabbed as the top shooter.
Jim Les, who played seven seasons in the NBA, was known as one of the league's top shooters during his career. He finished second in the three-point contest at the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.
UC Davis is continuing preparations for its 2012-13 season. The Aggies will play the first of two exhibition contests on Thursday, facing UC Santa Cruz at 7 p.m. at The Pavilion. They'll host Menlo College on Tuesday, also at 7 p.m. Admission to both games is free. UC Davis opens the regular season on Nov. 9 at Oklahoma State.