College Basketball's Best Players
- Rising Star: Gonzaga Forward Zach Collins Zach Collins, Gonzaga's freshman forward, is a valuable sixth man on a balanced Bulldogs team that's favored in the Final Four.
- Rising Star: Oregon Guard Tyler Dorsey Tyler Dorsey, Oregon's sophomore guard, has been on a scoring tear. Can he keep his Ducks flying against the Wolverines from Michigan?
- Rising Star: South Carolina Forward Chris Silva Sophomore forward Chris Silva first played basketball in high school, now he's the key force behind the Gamecocks' run to the Sweet 16.
- Rising Star: USC Forward Chimezie Metu Sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, perhaps USC's most consistent player, earned the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player award this season.
- Rising Star: SMU Guard Shake Milton Sophomore point guard Shake Milton led SMU to an AAC title and should keep his Mustangs playing deep into the NCAA Tournament.
- Rising Star: Purdue Guard Carsen Edwards Freshman Carsen Edwards, at six feet tall, can create his own shot and get in the lane better than any other Purdue perimeter player.
- Rising Star: Kentucky Guard James Young Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young's ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.
- Rising Star: Connecticut Guard Ryan Boatright On Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.
- Rising Star: Dayton Forward Dyshawn Pierre The sophomore forward tallied 12 points and eight rebounds in the 60-59 win over Ohio State. He didn’t miss a shot, hitting both of his field goals and all seven of his foul shots.