WACO, Texas -- Juwan Staten hasn't made a 3-pointer in two years.
I sat at my laptop and messed around with different ways to get to that point. I backspaced through sentences and reworded paragraphs.
The 6-foot-1 Staten only barely remembers the last 3-pointer he made, which came against Charlotte on Feb. 16, 2011. That makes Saturday's home game against Texas Tech (9-13, 2-9 Big 12) an even two years since he was 1-for-1 in that victory, a small part of a 13-point, four-assist effort.
"I hit them in practice all the time," he said.
That doesn't count, though maybe it should. Let's be fair and remember Staten has practiced the game more than he's played games during this drought. He transferred from Dayton at the end of his freshman season in 2011, the one when he was just 4-for-26 from 3-point range. He sat out last season at WVU and is 0-for-7 from 3-point range this season.
In his past 32 games, he's 0-for-16. Put another way, there are just two regulars on scholarship in the Big 12 Conference who are smaller than 6-foot-5 who haven't made a 3-pointer this season.
One is Kansas freshman Rio Adams, who's played in 14 games for about four minutes an outing. The other is Staten, who's played in 23 games and averages 28.9 minutes. Nobody has more than his seven attempts without a make - though teammate Volodymyr Gerun is close at 0-for-6.
But Adams and Gerun are spare parts. Staten is not.
He led the Atlantic 10 in assists as a freshman. His teammates voted him a team captain before the start of the season. He's second on the team in scoring and only nine points, or three 3-pointers, from overtaking Aaric Murray for the lead. Staten averages 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals and is a reliable 75.6-percent shooter at the free throw line.
He's good at basketball, but specifically talented when it comes to shooting a basketball.
"My whole life, I've never been a 3-point shooter," he said. "If I'm wide open, I'll take it."
And there's another quality assist from Staten, because it sets up an interesting debate. Can you be an optimal point guard without the threat of a 3-point shot?
"That's a good question," he said. "If you can find other ways to be effective in the games, I don't really think 3-pointers are that important."
Rarely will you see an opponent play as far off a point guard as some tend to do Staten. Scouting reports are tried and true by now and you better believe Staten's says he won't, or can't, shoot the 3.