How far is the three-point line from the hoop?

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At the professional level, the three-point arc rests 23 feet, 9 inches from the center of the hoop. It is shorter in high school and college play, where it sits 19 feet, 9 inches and 20 feet, 9 inches, respectively.

The three-point shot did not always exist on the basketball court. It was brought to NBA courts for the 1979 to 1980 season and introduced to the college game for the 1986 to 1987 season. High school play was the last to include the three-point shot, adding it for the 1987 to 1988 season. While the inclusion of the shot was both welcomed and frowned upon, those on both sides agree it has changed the game dramatically.

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Most courts are or have been 19 feet, but since the NCAA changed the college 3-point line from 19 to 20 feet, many open gyms are changing to 20 as well. An NBA 3-point line is 23
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The NBA's 3 point line is 22' in the corners and 23'
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Basketball dimensions are different except the free throw line is always 15 ft. from line to backboard.The 3 point arc in the NBA is 22ft to the center of MORE? report this answer
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This sounds like a basketball question, so dunno why it's in the geography section! Anyhoo, my boyfriend tells me that in the NCAA it is 19ft 9inches. Hope that helps.
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