North Carolina fans love to pick on the shape of the Duke forward's cranium. They say Battier looks like a California Raisin or an alien.
But those who know the game admire Battier's head because of the way he uses it. ESPN commentator Dick Vitale calls him college basketball's smartest player.
The senior thinks things through on the court and, as a result, always seems to be at the right place at the right time. Whether it's spotting up for one of his team-record nine 3-pointers against Princeton or drawing one of his school-record 93 charges, Battier is always there.
And he always gives maximum effort.
"Shane is the best player in college basketball because he plays every play, and he gets the unit to play every play, every huddle, every timeout, every pregame, every halftime to go along with the way he plays," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
But Battier, who leads the ACC in
3-pointers made with 69 and ranks second to teammate Jason Williams in
3-point percentage (.457), hasn't always been a dead-eye long-range bomber.
Battier made just four of his 24 attempts from beyond the arc during his freshman season in 1997-98.