While all of us are understandably excited about the future, and are looking forward to the day when 4- and 5-star recruits all seem to want to play here, there's a season to be played and won coming up in a few short months.
The general impressions that I get from most of the posts here are that we will be pretty terrible this coming year, especially if Gibbs and Breunig don't come. I disagree.
Most good teams break their players into three groups - guards, wings, and posts. From there, you set up an 8 or 9-man rotation, with two or three players in each group. Ours would look like this:
Guards - Stoglin, Howard, Faust
Wings - Mosley, Hawk, Parker
Posts - Padgett, Weijs, Pankey
From a depth standpoint, our guards should be one of the best backcourts in the ACC - all three are ACC-level starters (or, at least we hope so with Faust). Great guards = great on-ball pressure = Maryland basketball.
The wings are solid, with Mosley providing the Senior Leadership, Hawk playing much better than expected last year (despite obvious issues defensively), and Parker as a true athlete who could benefit greatly from a change of scenery.
The post is obviously the problem, but if Padgett and Weijs aren't asked to score, and are just asked to plant themselves in the paint, block shots, and get rebounds, they should be able to do that.
Maryland will be a guard-oriented team next year, no doubt. But there is more talent across the board than we seem to be claiming. A couple of well-placed wins over Top 30-40 teams should be realistic in November and December, and an ACC record of 7-9 or so would make sense. This says NIT to me (also known as better than this year), and if we get better as the year goes on - a real possibility with a new coach and a young team - we could be a darkhorse tournament contender.
Don't start thinking Final Four (or even Sweet Sixteen) until 2013-14, but this team will be fun to watch, will be easy to root for, and will win a few games that we "shouldn't".