All-Star Rising Stars roster releases with a shocking omission

A key Spurs second-year player was snubbed in the recent release of the Rising Stars roster.

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As the annual NBA All-Star festivities are inching closer and closer every day, it's now that time of the year when all the participants are revealed and debates ensue on who is deserving or not of their roles.

Victor Wembanyama made headlines as he was selected for his first Rising Stars game, which came as no surprise to anyone as he could even be in the running to be named the first rookie to the all-star game since Blake Griffin in 2011. But it wasn't Wemby's selection that had fans chirping.

The Spurs family all noticed that sophomore forward Jeremy Sochan was left off the team. In his second season, Sochan's numbers have increased across the board. The former Baylor Bear averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists with shooting splits of 45.3% from the floor, 69.8% from the free throw line, and an atrocious 24.6% from three in his rookie season.

Since then, Sochan has been making strides, with averages of 11.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. More importantly, Jeremy's shooting splits have drastically increased since making the switch to one-handed free throws and focusing on the fluidity of his jump shot. His current splits are 43.9% from the floor, 78.9% from the foul stripe, and a drastically improved 37.4% from downtown.

Sochan has been hitting his stride lately after switching back to power forward. While the point guard experiment was beneficial in expanding his ability to see the floor, it was evident that it wasn't his natural position.

With his recent success in Sochan's game, it's unclear why he wasn't selected to compete in his second Rising Stars game after reaching that accolade in the previous season. While every player who receives these honors is there for a reason, the biggest question surrounds how Dyson Daniels, whose numbers are significantly lower in every category, managed to earn a spot over Sochan.

Could it be that Jeremy didn't receive a spot due to his early-season struggles? While odd, the year wasn't all sunshine and rainbows while the second-year forward tried learning the ropes of the point guard position. However, what's done is done. Unfortunately, Sochan was snubbed from this honor, but Spurs fans should be enthusiastic about this recent stretch of play for the young, snowcone-haired sophomore.

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