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October 27, 2006
Youngsters stepping in for campus legends
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Their names form a Who's Who of college basketball from the last couple of years.
Duke's J.J. Redick, Gonzaga's Adam Morrison, West Virginia's Kevin Pittsnogle, Syracuse's Gerry McNamara.
Those guys earned folk-hero status at their respective campuses while delivering memorable moments year after year.
Now that these four players have departed, their teams are left with a dilemma. How do you replace the guy who has defined your program?
Duke, Gonzaga, West Virginia and Syracuse aren't the only teams seeking to answer that question. Plenty of other schools also enter the 2006-07 season counting on relatively inexperienced players to replace star performers.
Their names aren't as familiar.
Their games aren't as polished.
But the progress of these guys could determine which teams are still playing at the end of March.
We wanted to help introduce you to tomorrow's stars today by breaking down the 20 players with the biggest shoes to fill. Then we discovered that we couldn't limit this list to 20 names.
Some former players meant so much to their teams that it might take more than one guy to replace them. That's why we sometimes listed two or even three players who are filling the shoes of a departed star.
You may not recognize them now, but these guys could become household names by next spring.