Illinois Basketball: Every Projected Starter's Signature Highlight

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Illinois Basketball: Every Projected Starter's Signature Highlight
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

After a surprisingly good season in 2012-13, John Groce has restored faith in the Illinois basketball program. Though the Illini have lost Brandon Paul and DJ Richardson among others, and only return three scholarship players from a year ago, expectations are once again high in Champaign.

My projected starting lineup for 2013-14 is Tracy Abrams, Rayvonte Rice, Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey and Nnanna Egwu, all of whom are upperclassmen and two of which are transfers. Though the Illini are bringing in five talented freshmen, I expect coach Groce to give the older players the benefit early on.

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