Though the Fighting Illini may have lost their two best players, as well as both their power forwards, the addition of a five-man freshman class and at least two incoming transfers makes the 2013-14 season a promising one in my mind.
John Groce is hot on the trail for transfers, both players who would have to sit out a season as well as those who could make an immediate impact next year. Four-year players like Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson will not be easy to replace.
But with some new talent coming to Champaign, I believe next year's squad can use their depth to break down opponents even without a true superstar. Another middle-of-the-pack finish in the Big Ten and an NCAA tournament bid is not too much to ask in my opinion.