The Saint Louis Billikens will be losing two key players for the 2013-14 college basketball season, but they will still be filled with upperclassmen.
Kwamain Mitchell and Cody Ellis will no longer be on the team. Both averaged 10+ points per game last season and will definitely be missed.
Still, the team does return a bunch of players that will be upperclassmen. In an article previewing Saint Louis for the upcoming season, ESPN is projecting that the Billikens will go with four seniors and one junior for their starting lineup.
The four seniors are Rob Loe, Dwayne Evans, Mike McCall Jr. and Jordair Jett. The one junior is Grandy Glaze. So although the team will be losing two very talented players from a team that won 28 games last season, Saint Louis will still have plenty of experience.
The key player returning is Evans. He was the leading scorer on the Billikens last year, averaging 14 points per game. He also led them in rebounds with 7.7 boards per game. He is going to be the best player on the team once again and he will have to be even better with Mitchell and Ellis no longer being on the team.
Regardless, Saint Louis is going to challenge for an Atlantic 10 title. It won the conference title and tournament last season and went on to earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Players are going to have to step up in the upcoming season and the Billikens will not be as good if that does not happen, but they should be one of the best teams in the A 10 no matter what.