The Illinois Fighting Illini will be losing their two leading scorers for the 2013-14 college basketball season which means they will have a new leading scorer in the upcoming season. Can Drake transfer Rayvonte Rice be that player?
Considering that Rice averaged 16.8 points per game in the 2011-12 season, that is a definite yes.
Rice also shot 43.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from behind the arc. Bettering that three-point shot would be a bonus, but he is going to score the basketball at a high rate regardless–at least Illinois is hoping for that.
There are other players on this team that will be capable of leading the charge on the offensive side of the ball, like Tracy Abrams. Abrams scored 10.6 points per game last season and is the highest returning scorer on the Fighting Illini.
No matter how you look at it, Illinois will look much different in the upcoming season–player wise that is. Losing Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson cannot be fun, but this team should still be firing away from the three-point line just like it did this past season.
The talent will still be there to succeed, but that comes with a lot of ifs. Transfer players and incoming freshmen will be the biggest ifs, but the potential is there to make another NCAA tournament. That is definitely not a given, though.
However, when it comes to scoring the basketball, Rice should be the man for Illinois in the upcoming season.