The epicenter of the Hoyas' offensive and defensive schemes, Greg Monroe will not be easily replaced.
The 6'11", 250-pound power forward was drafted 7th overall in last week's NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. In only his second year on The Hilltop, Monroe nearly averaged a double double, compiling 16.1 ppg and 9.6 rpg.
With his ability to play effectively with both his face and back to the basket, Monroe provided a consistent and versatile offensive presence game in and game out. His toughness down low allowed him to clean up on the boards, and his 1.5 blocks per game made opposing players approach the paint with caution.
Monroe however, will be most missed for his passing abilities. The New Orleans native was arguably the best passing big man in college basketball, averaging 3.8 apg this past year. He would often catch the ball on the elbow and find a cutting Chris Wright or Austin Freeman swooping in on the block for an easy bucket.
Monroe was truly a triple threat, and had he stayed for his junior season, there is no doubt the Hoyas would have been a sure national championship contender.
Although nobody on the current roster will be able to pick up where Monroe left off, the Hoya big men will collectively need to step it up to somehow try and fill Monroe's rather large shoes. Julian Vaughn, Jerrelle Benimon, Nate Lubick, and Moses Abraham, who will all be discussed later in this piece, will need to elevate their games.