NCAA basketball's biggest stars are all sure to put up dazzling stats and memorable highlights, but they don’t all mean the same amount to their teams. Some rosters (see: Kentucky) are so loaded that the loss of any single player would be easy to weather, but others are absolutely dependent on one key leader to stay competitive.
Wichita State, for example, has no chance to build on March’s Final Four appearance without a big year from Cleanthony Early. The athletic forward is the last remaining weapon from the rebounding arsenal that keyed his team’s Cinderella run.
Read on for more on Early’s value to the Shockers, along with the rest of the 20 players whose teams can least afford to do without them in 2013-14.