To the point at least one newspaper writer begged for their return, and with good reason if you're a fan of the Wolf Pack.
But not all is lost for coach David Carter despite his top returning player being fifth-leading scorer Dario Hunt, a sophomore who averaged 6.5 points.
The day after Babbitt announced he would hire an agent, Carter signed guard Deonte Burton from Compton, Calif. to headline a recruiting class that includes guards Jordan Burris, Derrell Conner, Jordan Finn, and 6-foot-11 Australian junior college transfer Illiwa Baldwin to play center.
Guard Malik Story should be ready to step in after transferring from Indiana, forward Olek Czyz is expected to become eligible midseason after having left Duke, and the NCAA has finally cleared freshman guard Jerry Evans to play.
It's a new crop of players that certainly has big shoes to fill.