Rising Stars

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

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

James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Connecticut Huskies during the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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.

04/08/2014

Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies calls a play against the Villanova Wildcats during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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.

04/01/2014

Dyshawn Pierre #21 of the Dayton Flyers. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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.

03/25/2014

DeAndre Daniels #2 of the Connecticut Huskies (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Rising Star: UConn Forward DeAndre Daniels

Among his fellow Connecticut Huskies, he ranks second in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. Playing alongside Shabazz Napier, he can go unnoticed.

03/18/2014

Emmy Andujar #13 of the Manhattan Jaspers drives to the basket against the Buffalo Bulls during the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational at Barclays Center on December 21, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (credit: Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Manhattan Forward Emmy Andujar

Andujar is a 6’6”, 205-pound point forward. He can handle the ball like a guard and draw bigger defenders out of the lane.

03/11/2014

Naadir Tharpe #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kansas Guard Naadir Tharpe

The 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.

03/04/2014

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.

02/03/2014

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.

02/03/2014

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