Even with the one-and-done marquee names having left for the NBA draft, college basketball’s rising sophomore class is loaded with star power. Mighty Kentucky held on to more of its freshmen than ever before under John Calipari, and the Wildcats have no monopoly on elite talent coming back for a second season on campus.
One of the biggest surprises among 2013-14’s freshmen was Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor. The novice floor general put the Longhorns back in the NCAA tournament, and now he’s got his sights set on leading them to a Big 12 title.
Read on for more on Taylor and the rest of the 20 rising sophomores positioned to turn in the biggest performances in 2014-15. Although prior effectiveness is important, potential for success next year is the biggest factor in these rankings.