John Groce's Fighting Illini got a taste of success during the 2012-13 season, leaving hopes of a bright future amongst the Illini nation. Of the Illini's top five scorers last year, four came from the 2009 recruiting class.
Brandon Paul, D.J. Richardson, Joseph Bertrand and Tyler Griffey all fall into that category, while sophomore Tracy Abrams finished third on the team in points per game. Abrams and redshirt senior Bertrand return, along with a talented freshman class and a handful of transfer players, as the Illini look to continue their success this winter.