Rising Stars

Gary Harris #14 of the Michigan State Spartans (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Michigan State Guard Gary Harris

The Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season is averaging 17.9 points per game (second in the conference), 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and two steals for the 22-6 Spartans.

02/25/2014

Nic Moore #11 of the SMU Mustangs (credit: Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Rising Star: SMU Guard Nic Moore

Moore, a 5’9” point guard from Winona Lake, Ind., is playing as well as anyone in the American Athletic Conference right now. He leads his team with 14.1 points and 4.7 assists per game.

02/18/2014

Guard Fred VanVleet #23 of the Wichita State Shockers (credit: Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Wichita State Guard Fred VanVleet

A back-up to Malcolm Armstead on last year’s Final Four team, VanVleet has helped lead Wichita to a 25-0 record and No. 4 ranking.

02/11/2014

Ethan Wragge #34 of the Creighton Bluejays (credit: Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Creighton Forward Ethan Wragge

According to Hoop-Math, 157 of his 163 shots this season have been from beyond the arc (96 percent), the highest percentage in the country among players with at least 100 field goal attempts.

02/04/2014

Kansas Jayhawks fans attempt to distract as A.J. English #5 of the Iona Gaels shoots a free throw. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Iona Guard A.J. English

English is averaging 17.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds for the Gaels, who are tied atop the MAAC with an 8-2 conference record after winning both games last weekend.

01/28/2014

Forwards Jarrod Uthoff #20 and Kyle Meyer #42 of the Iowa Hawkeyes try to block a shot during the second half by forward Cedrick Williams #40 of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (credit: Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Iowa Forward Jarrod Uthoff

Uthoff has been critical to Iowa’s resurgence. The Hawkeyes are 15-3 with road losses to Iowa State and Wisconsin and a neutral court loss to Villanova, none by more than four points.

01/21/2014

Winston Shepard #13 of the San Diego State Aztecs. (credit: Kent Horner/Getty Images)

Rising Star: San Diego State Forward Winston Shepard

Ranked as the 21st-best recruit in the country by Rivals, Shepard came to San Diego State with the wrong mindset.

01/13/2014

Caris LeVert #23 of the Michigan Wolverines (credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images Sport)

Rising Star: Michigan Guard Caris LeVert

Analyzing Caris LeVert’s statistics this season compared to last, it’s hard to believe you’re looking at the same person.

01/07/2014

Casey Prather (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Florida Forward Casey Prather

In a scenario that would have been inconceivable before this season, Casey Prather took over the game for Florida.

12/31/2013

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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

Antoine Mason #14 of the Niagara Purple Eagles (credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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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