NCAA Basketball: 5 teams with biggest holes to fill

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Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA basketball world loses numerous great players every year to graduation and professional leagues, but some teams have bigger holes to fill than others. It begs the question of how these schools and coaching staffs will adjust, and as you’ll see, some are better prepared than others.

According to the KenPom.com Player of the Year rankings, which use a variety of advanced statistics to determine the best player in the country, a group of five players stood above the crowd in 2013-14, and they range from a heralded freshman and top draft pick to a senior who dropped to the second round. All five are in the NBA now.

These five guys were game-changers in the truest sense, the kinds of players who often make the difference between winning and losing at the college level. Now that they’ve moved to the next stage in their basketball careers, let’s take a look at how their old teams will adjust to new personnel.

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