Sterling Gibbs, PG, Seton Hall
Seton Hall had four players average at least 10.0 PPG last season. One was Gibbs (13.2 PPG), and the other three were seniors.
Gibbs was something of a professional at getting to the free-throw line, attempting nearly as many free throws (232) as field goals (271) last season.
In addition to scoring free points, Gibbs was a great ball-distributor. He averaged 4.2 assists per game.
LaDontae Henton, SF, Providence
Lost in the madness of Bryce Cotton averaging 39.9 minutes, 21.8 points and 5.9 assists per game last season, Henton was pretty darn valuable in his own right for a third consecutive season with the Friars.
In each of those first three seasons, he averaged roughly 14.0 PPG and 8.0 RPG. With Cotton no longer around to attempt at least 11 field goals per game, Henton should experience a slight uptick in scoring as a senior.
Darrun Hilliard, SG, Villanova
Villanova scored a ton of its points from three-point range last season, and Hilliard is a big reason why.
He shot 41.4 percent from downtown while averaging better than two made three-pointers per game. He led the team in the first category and trailed only James Bell in the second.
Hilliard also plays strong defense (1.3 steals per game) and averaged 2.6 assists per game.
The combination of Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono forms a backcourt with two guards who are equally dangerous as shooters, defenders and distributors—not much unlike the one Connecticut had last season.
Matt Stainbrook, C, Xavier
The Musketeers lost an awful lot this summer between Semaj Christon, Justin Martin and Isaiah Philmore, but they do still have their big man in the paint.
Stainbrook didn't play very many minutes (24.5 per game), but he was very valuable during his time on the court.
He averaged 17.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per 40 minutes and trailed only Doug McDermott and Davante Gardner in Player Efficiency Rating in the Big East, according to Sports-Reference.com.
Rysheed Jordan, PG, St. John's
Few college basketball players had a more emotionally challenging year than Jordan.
The freshman point guard was ruled off-limits to the media by head coach Steve Lavin because he had a very difficult time adjusting to being away from home.
A few months before the season began, a close friend of Jordan's was killed by a police officer. Jordan's mother and grandmother each had serious health issues in the early stages of the season.
Then, just as he and St. John's were starting to turn things around, another family member of Jordan's was found dead in a murder-suicide.
And you thought it was hard to maintain a long-distance dating relationship as a freshman in college.
His numbers (9.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.2 TOPG, 27.9% 3PT) didn't exactly scream "One of the best freshman guards in the country," but can you blame him?
If he can avoid the off-court distractions that plagued him all of last season, Jordan, Phil Greene IV and D'Angelo Harrison will make one heck of a backcourt triumvirate.