Rayvonte Rice, guard
2013-14 stat line: 15.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.7 spg
2014-15 outlook: Despite sitting out a season in 2012-13 because of NCAA transfer rules, Rice picked up at Illinois where he left off at Drake, becoming one of the top scorers in the Big Ten. Rice took on a leadership role this last season, which had Illinois at 13-2 before a tumultuous slide that included the Illini losing eight straight and 10 of 11 in conference play.
Entering his final season of play, Rice will need to continue his offensive prominence and become more defensively accountable, by creating more turnovers in the backcourt. Rice will also need to abandon his three-point shot. On the year, the guard shot 43 percent from the field, but only 29 percent from three-point range while hoisting up 156 attempts. Illinois will be more successful if he drives to the basket and gets to the foul line, where he shoots 73 percent.