College Basketball: How Have The Best Teams Replaced Their Departed Stars?

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College Basketball: How Have The Best Teams Replaced Their Departed Stars?
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One of the harsh realities that every great (or even good) college basketball program must face from year to year is moving on without some of their best players from the season before.

Whether it's replacing that senior who worked tirelessly to improve his game over his four-year tenure or that one and done freshman who took the nation by storm and moved on to the NBA, it always hurts to lose great players regardless of the circumstances surrounding their exit.

And while it can be sad to see some of the best players in college basketball move on, their departures open the door for other teams and players to step up and prove themselves on a national level.

In addition, it's also very interesting to see how some of the elite programs in the country re-tool their lineups in the wake of some of their best players leaving.

Whether these teams rely on that top rated class of freshmen, transfer students, or building from within the program, there are plenty of different ways to reload after losing some of your best players and the ability to consistently do this is what keeps teams like Duke, Kansas, and Syracuse amongst the nation's elite every season.

So let's take a look at some of the best teams in the nation this season and see how they've replaced (or attempted to replace) their best players from last season who are no longer with the team.

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