Wisconsin's Future In Good Hands With Bronson KoenigThree-year starter Traevon Jackson is graduating, but Wisconsin’s point guard spot is in good hands. When Jackson broke his foot in January, sophomore Bronson Koenig replaced him in the starting lineup and played well.
Rising Star: Duke Guard Grayson AllenWhile Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones have been incredible this season, don’t forget about Grayson Allen.
Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Lourawls Nairn, Jr.If Michigan State is to continue its magical Tournament run, it will need continued strong play from a 5’10” freshman from the Bahamas called “Tum Tum.”
Local Rising Stars: Villanova's Ryan ArcidiaconoVillanova’s run in the NCAA Tournament may have ended before many around Nova Nation would have liked, but the future of the program remains bright. Next season should see Villanova every bit of a threat in the Big East and the Wildcats could be a dangerous team once again depending on the match-ups. One player that should be expected to lead the team next season will be Ryan Arcidiacono, who is set to return for his senior season.
Rising Star: Notre Dame Guard Steve VasturiaVasturia, who played his high school ball at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, has started every game for Notre Dame this season after starting 12 last year.
Philly's Amile Jefferson Helping Duke Make March RunPhiladelphia’s own Amile Jefferson, a 6’-9” power forward out of Friends Central School has taken on a supporting role under legendary Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He may fly under the radar compared to Okafor, but Jefferson does what he can in helping to give Duke as good a chance to make a deep run to the Final Four.
Rising Star: Ohio State Guard D’Angelo RussellA United States Basketball Writers Association First Team All American, Russell will lead Ohio State into this week’s NCAA Tournament.
Rising Star: West Virginia Guard Daxter Miles, Jr.On the court, the 6’3” shooting guard has stepped up his game following injuries to Staten and Browne. Miles is averaging 7.2 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from deep.
Valparaiso Forward Alec Peters Shines In Regular Season FinaleAlec Peters is not just a scorer. The 6’9” forward proved that in the first half of Valparaiso’s regular season finale against Cleveland State, passing out of double teams and attempting just two shots.
Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James YoungYoung scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young's ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.
Rising Star: Connecticut Guard Ryan BoatrightOn Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.
Rising Star: Dayton Forward Dyshawn PierreThe sophomore forward tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in the 60-59 win over Ohio State. He didn’t miss a shot, hitting both of his field goals and all seven of his foul shots.