Illinois Basketball: Assigning Roles to Each Player on the 2014 Roster

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Illinois Basketball: Assigning Roles to Each Player on the 2014 Roster
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After a dismal finish to the 2011-12 basketball season, Illinois surprised many under first-year head coach John Groce with a strong 2012-13 season.

The Fighting Illini lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament to second-seeded Miami in a hard-fought and close scoring game that may be forever overshadowed by a terrible out-of-bounds call that cost the Illini.

There were a number of memorable moments throughout the year though: Winning the Maui Invitational, winning at Gonzaga and beating the top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers at home.

Illinois, however, will be without three starters and one key reserve in 2013-14. There will need to be emerging players to take over for Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson, while others need to do the dirty work of Sam McLaurin, or stretch the defense as Tyler Griffey did. Here's a look at each player's role for the upcoming campaign.

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