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Newbold has top 3-point percentage in nation
Mar 1, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Tanner Newbold is the nation's most-accurate 3-point shooter in junior college men's basketball.
The Central Wyoming College freshman tops the 3-point shooting chart at 51.8 percent on the season, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Newbold has made 71 of 137 3-pointers.
Newbold and his CWC teammates will be a No. 3 seed for the Region IX men's tournament that starts Saturday at Casper College.
"It's pretty cool," Newbold said. "It almost doesn't seem real at times. Hopefully, I can carry that into the tournament and keep shooting well."
Newbold came to CWC in August from Payson, Utah.
"A lot of it is just relaxing and not thinking about it too much," the 6-foot-1 Newbold said.
"We have a really good system that can get me plays and options that get me good looks," Newbold said. "The whole team is on my side. They are always looking for me. It's great having that."
Newbold is averaging 10.6 points per game. The shooting guard is an 81.6 percent free-throw shooter.
"I try and stay away from the stats," Newbold said. "That is another thing that I did in high school. It got to my head sometimes."
Newbold has started all 28 games for the Rustlers.
He is averaging almost 30 minutes a game.
"Tanner is the type of kid that is going to put all the attention away from him," CWC men's coach Shelby Lindley said. "He won't talk about it. This is an amazing thing. He is the best 3-pointer shooter in the country. There is no other way to put it."
Lindley is not surprised with the type of season his freshman has had.
"Tanner has worked hard," Lindley said. "He is such a team player. He doesn't force anything. He shoots great shots."
Joe Scott of Southeastern Community College is No. 2 in the nation in 3-point shooting at 50.9 percent.
Trinidad State Junior College's Tre'von Wilkerson sits No. 3 at 50.7.
Newbold and Wilkerson will be battling each other at 6 p.m. Sunday in the opening round game of the Region IX men's basketball tournament.
Newbold opened his career at CWC hitting four 3-pointers in a 77-61 win over Impact Academy on Nov. 1.
"I was so nervous in that first game against Impact," Newbold said. "Coming out and having a really good shooting game relaxed me for the rest of the season."
Newbold was a perfect 5-5 in 3-pointers against Dawson Community College on Jan. 19 for a 79-52 win for CWC.
Newbold was 5-10 in 3-point shooting helping the Rustlers roll past Little Big Horn 98-81 last week.
Newbold's brother, Tyler Newbold, played for the Utah State men's basketball team during the 2007-2011 season.
Tyler Newbold was a starter for Utah State when he was an upperclassmen.
"I learned just to work hard from brother," Tanner said.
"He always played as hard as he could. He does the little things right to make the team better. I always try to do that as well."
Tyler Newbold went to three straight NCAA tournaments with USU.
Tanner saw Tyler play in the NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho., Spokane, Wash., and Tucson, Ariz.
"It was amazing to watch him play," Tanner said. "It's has always been a dream of mine to play in NCAA tournament."