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Rising Stars

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.

01/31/2014

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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.

01/31/2014

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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.

01/31/2014

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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.

01/31/2014

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.

01/31/2014

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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.

01/31/2014

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.

01/31/2014

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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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