Rising Stars

Lourawls Nairn Jr. #11 of the Michigan State Spartans. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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.”

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Winston Shepard Could Be Key Piece Of 2015-16 Aztecs

One of those pieces to build around when veteran head coach Steve Fisher takes to the hardwood next season with his Aztecs is current junior forward Winston Shepard.

03/30/2015

Steve Vasturia #32 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Notre Dame Guard Steve Vasturia

Vasturia, 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.

03/24/2015

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Wiltjer Has The Zags Headed To The Sweet 16

With their ticket punched for the Sweet 16 and a date this Friday evening in Houston versus upstart UCLA, the Zags of the Pacific Northwest are riding one of their big men in a quest to claim the sport’s most coveted prize.

03/23/2015

DAngelo Russell #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Ohio State Guard D’Angelo Russell

A United States Basketball Writers Association First Team All American, Russell will lead Ohio State into this week’s NCAA Tournament.

03/17/2015

MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 13: Daxter Miles Jr. #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts to the crowd late in the second half against the Oklahoma Sooners at the WVU Coliseum on January 13, 2015 in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU defeated Oklahoma 86-65. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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.

03/13/2015

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: A basketball sits on the court during a break in the action between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers during preseason action at the Barclays Center on October 19, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The 76ers defeated the Nets 106-76. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Valparaiso Forward Alec Peters Shines In Regular Season Finale

Alec 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.

03/06/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 13: Jermaine Marshall #34 of the Arizona State Sun Devils drives against Marcus Allen #15 of the Stanford Cardinal during a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stanford won 79-58. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Stanford Guard Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen says he learned some “tricks” training with renowned hoops instructor John Lucas in Houston this past summer, but there’s nothing gimmicky about his transformation this season.

02/13/2015

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a three point basket in the first half during a game against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Barclays Center on November 25, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Oregon Forward Dillon Brooks

Having grown up in Mississauga, Ontario, and wanting more competition and exposure, Dillon Brooks planned to spend his final two high school years playing for basketball powerhouse Findlay Prep in Nevada.

02/06/2015

SPOKANE, WA - DECEMBER 10: Josh Hawkinson #24 of the Washington State Cougars blocks the shot of Kevin Pangos #4 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on December 10, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. Gonzaga defeated Washington State 81-66. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Washington State Forward Josh Hawkinson

There may not be a player in the country who has benefited more from a coaching change this season than Hawkinson.

01/30/2015

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Kevon Looney #5 of the UCLA Bruins shoots a foul shot against the UC Riverside Highlanders at Pauley Pavilion on December 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. UCLA won 77-66. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Rising Star: UCLA Forward Kevon Looney

Kevon Looney came to UCLA as one of the top prospects in the country (ranked 10th by Scout; 15 by Rivals), which in this era means the NBA is not far off.

01/23/2015

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Washington Huskies brings the ball up the court against the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2014 MGM Grand Showcase basketball event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington won 69-67. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Washington Guard Nigel Williams-Goss

Some coaches would frown on a player attempting 22 shots in a game. When Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss did it, his coaches were pleased.

01/16/2015

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