May 10, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The NCAA has officially recognized the Villanova Wildcats as the 2007 NCAA Division I statistical champion for free throw percentage, it was announced today. A plaque honoring that achievement will arrive at the university in the coming weeks.
The Wildcats connected on 594 of their 761 free throw attempts in 2006-07 (.781) to edge out Utah State by one-tenth of one percent for the distinction. The .781 figures also established a new single season school record in that department. The previous high came when the 1978-79 `Cats sank .767 of their attempts from the stripe.
"Winning the national free throw shooting championship is an accomplishment that we're very proud of," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "It's a credit to our players for their skill, our assistant coaches for their teaching, and our managers for their hours of rebounding. This is truly a team accomplishment that we value greatly."
Villanova's top three scorers, Curtis Sumpter (.805), Scottie Reynolds (.824) and Mike Nardi (.873) were all above 80 percent from the line in 2006-07. After connecting on .394 of his free throw attempts as a freshman in 2005-06, forward Dante Cunningham converted 88-of-113 (.779) at the line while Will Sheridan (.766), Dwayne Anderson (.909) and Frank Tchuisi (.750) all finished the season converting 75 percent or more of their chances at the charity stripe.