The 2013-14 season is a huge one for head coach John Groce and the Fighting Illini program. While expectations for the upcoming season are high, they are realistic. The Illini program is on the rise and their best basketball in a long time is ahead of them still. A successful upcoming season, could land U of I some big time recruits and vault this young team back to the top of the Big Ten in no time.
In 2012-13, Brandon Paul was the team's leading scorer, while Nnanna Egwu led the squad in rebounds and blocks, while Tracy Abrams topped the team in assists and steals. Abrams and Egwu are now juniors, while Paul has graduated. The Fighting Illini have five incoming freshmen, as well as a handful of transfers, at least two of which are eligible to play this year.