The 10 Most Important NCAA Basketball Players Returning from Injury in 2013-14

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The 10 Most Important NCAA Basketball Players Returning from Injury in 2013-14
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Injuries can derail a highly promising college basketball team's season or send a struggling team into a spiral. Kentucky fans could tell you all about it, having watched Nerlens Noel crumple to the court in Gainesville, Fla. last February.

When a player returns from an injury that costs him time, he can go two ways. Either he returns better than ever after carrying his career's mortality as motivation or he struggles, unable to regain his former explosiveness.

These 10 players all ended last season on the sidelines, watching their teams' seasons end earlier than they should have. Many of their teams harbor legitimate NCAA tournament hopes this season. If the players can recapture prior form, we're going to hear a lot about them come March.

Players are listed by their prominence to their team and the team's likelihood of an NCAA tournament bid.

Disclaimer: These are injuries that resulted in lost time last season. Players like Justin Cobbs of Cal, Montrezl Harrell of Louisville and Duke's Rodney Hood, all of whom suffered aches and pains this offseason, will not appear on this list.

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