With four of the team’s five starters from a year ago graduating or bolting for the NBA, the Indiana Hoosiers will be a completely different basketball team in 2013-2014.
Returning players must develop. Newcomers will be required to step in and contribute immediately, and in some cases, become leaders.
The program has taken a step forward on Tom Crean’s watch during the past two seasons. It would be unfortunate for Indiana’s momentum, which currently signals the return of a national powerhouse, to take a step back this season due to lack of experience.
There’s no denying that this team will lack experience, it’s the step backward that they’re hoping to avoid.
But being younger and less seasoned doesn't necessarily equate to a diminished product. Just ask the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats, who won 38 games and the national championship despite starting three freshmen and two sophomores.
Indiana won’t be short on talent, but uncertainty will be in abundance. Who emerges as leaders for these Hoosiers? Who makes the starting five? Who leads the team in scoring? Just a few of the many questions that must be answered this season.
Let’s attempt to answer some of those questions, albeit entirely prematurely, by ranking every player on the Hoosiers’ roster from 17 to one.