Kentucky’s 2012 national title made sure that the spotlight will be on incoming freshmen next season, but the returning stars of college hoops will have a lot to say about who cuts down the nets in 2013. Although national finalists Kentucky and Kansas were gutted by the NBA draft, many of the other top teams in the country have some big-time ballplayers returning for another year of college ball.
One of the most impressive groups of returnees comes from another Final Four squad, the Louisville Cardinals. Rick Pitino’s team did lose a pair of seniors from the starting lineup, but among the players who came back are elite point guard Peyton Siva and shot-blocking whiz Gorgui Dieng.
Herein, a closer look at Louisville and the rest of the dozen teams with the best collections of players coming back for next year.