Rising Star: Villanova Guard Phil BoothThe sophomore from Baltimore hit the second-biggest shot of the game for Villanova (it was, admittedly, a very distant second).
Rising Star: North Carolina Guard Joel BerrySteady and efficient, if not flashy, Berry could be a key tonight against Villanova. The sophomore point guard has recorded 18 assists and just one turnover in his last two games.
Rising Star: Syracuse Forward Tyler LydonIn the second half on Sunday, Lydon nailed a three off a pick-and-pop when his defender stayed with gunner Trevor Cooney, and swished a very deep three to cut the deficit to 58-55.
Rising Star: Oklahoma Forward Khadeem LattinThe Oklahoma Sooners’ strength is their perimeter shooting, but their secret weapon is 6’9” forward Khadeem Lattin
Rising Star: Seton Hall Guard Isaiah WhiteheadThe sophomore scored 70 points in three days—and added 19 rebounds and 17 assists—to lead Seton Hall to its first Big East title since 1993.
Rising Star: Wisconsin Forward Ethan HappEthan Happ, now a redshirt freshman, is a starter for Wisconsin averaging 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and a Big Ten-leading 1.8 steals.
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.