Dante Exum: There are going to be a lot of collegiate fan bases following along with Exum’s performance at Eurocamp. A 6-foot-6 point guard from Australia, Exum is in the process of figuring out when — if? — he’ll play college basketball. He’s currently in the Class of 2014, but there has been quite a bit of scuttlebutt that he could end up graduating and enrolling in college at the end of the first semester. But Exum is also old enough that he will be able to enter the 2014 NBA Draft whether or not he ever decides to play in college; as an international, all that he needs is to turn 19 the year of the draft, and he turns 19 next July.
If he puts on another terrific performance at Eurocamp, might his stock climb high enough that he never makes it to campus?
Aquille Carr: Known as The Crimestopper as a high school standout in Baltimore, Carr is a 5-foot-6 dynamo of a point guard. His mixtapes are thrilling to watch, but he’s not quite as thrilling in person; efficiency is not the name of his game. Carr was originally a Seton Hall commit in the Class of 2013, but a litany of issues — including the possibility that he would never be able to get academically eligible — has sent him in pursuit of a professional career. He’ll be in attendance at Eurocamp.
Ryan Broekhoff: Broekhoff had a terrific career at Valparaiso, earning Horizon League Player of the Year honors as a junior and leading the Crusaders to the NCAA tournament as a senior. Broekhoff also hit one of the more memorable shots from this year’s Championship Week. Broekhoff is a native of Australia.
Andrew Lawrence: Lawrence capped off a great career at the College of Charleston by averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 assists as a senior point guard, leading the Cougars to 24 wins in his final season. Lawrence was the point guard for Great Britain on their 2012 Olympic team.
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The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.