Rising Star: Gonzaga Forward Zach CollinsZach 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 DorseyTyler 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 SilvaSophomore 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 MetuSophomore 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 MiltonSophomore 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 EdwardsFreshman 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 YoungYoung 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 BoatrightOn 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 PierreThe 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.
Rising Star: UConn Forward DeAndre DanielsAmong his fellow Connecticut Huskies, he ranks second in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. Playing alongside Shabazz Napier, he can go unnoticed.
Rising Star: Manhattan Forward Emmy AndujarAndujar is a 6’6”, 205-pound point forward. He can handle the ball like a guard and draw bigger defenders out of the lane.
Rising Star: Kansas Guard Naadir TharpeThe 5’11” Tharpe is averaging 30 minutes, 8.9 points, and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from deep, and 82 percent from the line.
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