By the time a player has completed his junior year, he is a finished product. Not many players average 10 points a game their junior years, then suddenly started scoring 20 points a game as a senior.
Suffice it to say the coming season will define the college basketball career of the following players. Some will become stat stuffers, while others will refine their game to fit the needs of their teams. Most will be relegated to lesser roles to make room for super underclassmen.
Recent history has shown that it's the juniors who bring championships to their respective schools.
Connecticut, the reigning champion, was led by junior Kemba Walker. Their previous championship in 2004 was delivered by Emeka Okafor, who graduated in three years.
As a matter of fact Duke was led by two juniors, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler in 2010, when they won the championship. Florida won back-to-back championships led by Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Taurean Green. They won as sophomores and came back as juniors and won big.
What current teams have that critical junior who will take their game to another level?