Add in a well-rounded roster, and Michigan State has a team built for trademark Tom Izzo ball this season.
The Spartans coach has long been heralded for his intense style that breeds brawny rebounding frontcourts and standout guards. High preseason rankings and even higher expectations are part of the job for Izzo, who hasn't been to a Final Four since 2010.
That could change this spring.
Gary Harris brings the scoring. Branden Dawson brings the athleticism and X-factor. Keith Appling, the driver of the offense, brings speed and handles.
Travis Trice picks up with stellar defense that complements his nose for the ball. Contributing muscle and size in the paint, Matt Costello should be invaluable to an offense losing Derrick Nix.
Denzel Valentine is a versatile guard who can score and defend.
As for Adreian Payne, well, he brings everything.
However, there's more than meets the eye when examining the 2013-14 Spartans, and this slideshow will give a deeper glimpse into each player's role from the court to the locker room. Predictions will be made based upon a projected starting five of Harris (SG), Appling (PG), Dawson (F), Payne (PF) and Costello (C).
Key bench contributors such as Trice and Valentine will also be included.