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Rising Stars

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

Forwards Jarrod Uthoff #20 and Kyle Meyer #42 of the Iowa Hawkeyes try to block a shot during the second half by forward Cedrick Williams #40 of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (credit: Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Iowa Forward Jarrod Uthoff

Uthoff has been critical to Iowa’s resurgence. The Hawkeyes are 15-3 with road losses to Iowa State and Wisconsin and a neutral court loss to Villanova, none by more than four points.

02/03/2014

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.

02/03/2014

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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: Duke Senior Mason Plumlee

The Duke Blue Devils are a top-five team and will be a tough out come March because of one of the most overlooked attributes in college basketball: senior leadership. With so many talented players leaving early for NBA stardom, having a strong senior-led team isn’t as common as it used to be.

02/26/2013

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Rising Star: Kansas Freshman Ben McLemore

Ben McLemore may not get the attention that other Player of the Year candidates get, but the Kansas freshman has been drawing plenty of attention from the people that matter most: NBA scouts.

02/19/2013

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Rising Star: Michigan Sophomore Trey Burke

The Michigan Wolverines are the No. 1 team in the country for the first time in more than two decades, and one of the biggest reasons why is point guard Trey Burke. He flirted with the NBA draft at the end of the 2011-2012 season but decided to return for his sophomore campaign to bring Michigan a championship.

Sports Radio 610AM WFNZ The Fan–01/29/2013

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