Rising Stars

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Rising Star: Duke Forward Amile Jefferson

Think it, say it, do it. That might sound like the motto of a self-help guru, but it applies to Duke sophomore forward Amile Jefferson. For a stretch earlier this season, Jefferson was not playing up to his potential.

12/24/2013

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Rising Star: Oregon State Shooting Guard Roberto Nelson

Roberto Nelson’s statistics improved across the board during his first three seasons at Oregon State: more minutes, points, field goal percentage, rebounds, everything. He started all 32 games last season and finished fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring.

12/17/2013

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Rising Star: Niagara Shooting Guard Antoine Mason

Mason, a 6’3”, 210-pound shooting guard, has taken his scoring to new levels this season: His 29.4 points per game lead all of Division I. He matched his career high with 35 in a win over St. Peter’s on Sunday.

12/10/2013

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Rising Star: Arizona Point Guard T.J. McConnell

Aaron Gordon showed why he is among the top freshmen in the country. But if you were watching Arizona closely during its NIT Season Tip-Off championship run, you saw why the Wildcats look much improved from last season: point guard T.J. McConnell.

12/03/2013

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Rising Star: Louisville Junior Luke Hancock

Most pundits expected Louisville to be in the national championship game, but no one expected Luke Hancock to play an important role.

04/09/2013

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Rising Star: Louisville Junior Russ Smith

Russ Smith, nicknamed ‘Russdiculous’ for his frenetic style of play, has been simply wonderful in the tournament.

04/02/2013

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Rising Star: Arizona Senior Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons had a solid career at a perennial basketball power and helped lead his team to the Sweet 16—last season. This season, he helped lead another basketball power, this time Arizona, to the Sweet 16.

03/26/2013

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Rising Star: Creighton Junior Doug McDermott

It’s been one tremendous season for Creighton. From the rumors that Creighton will be one of the new teams invited to the Big East to the terrific season for the Bluejays, culminating in a No. 7-seed in the NCAA tournament.

03/19/2013

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Rising Star: Kentucky’s Marquis Teague

By: Mark Chalifoux There’s not much that hasn’t been said about Kentucky. The Wildcats clearly established themselves as the best team in the nation and have the chance to prove it as the favorite in […]

04/02/2012

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Rising Star: Kansas’ Thomas Robinson

By: Mark Chalifoux If Kansas is going to take down the Kentucky Wildcats in the National Championship game, it’s going to take a monster effort from All-American forward Thomas Robinson. Of course, Robinson is capable […]

04/02/2012

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Cameron Maybin Improves Production After Setting Career Highs For Padres

For the Padres, Cameron Maybin set a career high in nearly every offensive category, sometimes by fantastic margins.

04/01/2012

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Paul Goldschmidt Provides Diamondbacks With Raw Power At First Base

Paul Goldschmidt’s greatest attribute is his raw power. At 6-foor-3, 245 pounds, he has smacked a combined 73 home runs over his last two professional seasons.

03/31/2012

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Jhoulys Chacin Getting Chance To Pitch At Front Of Rockies’ Rotation

Overall, it’s clear that the 24-year-old Jhoulys Chacin has potential, but also that he still has some growing to do at the Major League level.

03/30/2012

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Rising Star: Louisville’s Russ Smith

By: Mark Chalifoux Louisville has been on a tear this tournament in what may be head coach Rick Pitino’s finest coaching job as the 4-seeded Cardinals are in the Final Four. They face archrival Kentucky […]

03/30/2012

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Rising Star: Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

By: Mark Chalifoux The NCAA tournament has seen some stellar games, but the only team to really stand out thus far is the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, Kentucky. The Wildcats boast a lineup stock […]

03/29/2012

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