John Groce's Fighting Illini will have a much deeper roster in 2014-15 than they did a season ago. The Fighting Illini return all five starters, while adding transfers Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall) and Ahmad Starks (Oregon State), as well as 4-star stud freshman Leron Black.
With Darius Paul leaving the program for the upcoming season, Illinois has 12 scholarship players and two walk-ons for the upcoming campaign. For the purposes of this article, all 12 scholarship players are listed in at least one of the five lineups: starting, three-point, defensive, big-man and small-ball.
Expectations are back where they should be for the Illinois program, and it shouldn't be long before the Illini are not only contending, but also winning Big Ten titles. This will certainly be the deepest amount of talent Groce has ever had at his disposal since becoming head coach.