Branden Dawson, guard/forward
2013-14 stat line: 11.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.6 apg
2014-15 outlook: With Gary Harris and Adreian Payne gone, Michigan State’s fourth leading scorer from last season will take on the role of a leader for Tom Izzo. That won’t be a huge change for Dawson, who was one of the team’s leaders from last season and was effective in nearly every aspect of the game.
Occasionally, guys will put too much pressure on themselves when they have large shoes to fill, but hopefully Dawson doesn’t think he has to replace everything that Harris, Payne and Keith Appling did in last season’s Elite Eight run. If Dawson just plays his game, he could easily average a double-double next season and be a top forward in the Big Ten.