``We have talent and I feel we are deeper than we've ever been in terms of the overall number of quality players we have," Stone said. "But it remains to be seen how well we'll do with all that talent."
Stone returns plenty of key personnel – and has added a few pieces to the puzzle which could end up producing the most talented team in Stone's six-year tenure at the school. Hun had four players in double figures a year ago – and Stone feels that he could have all five starters averaging double-digits at the end of this season.
The most talented piece is arguably 6-foot-6 ½, 200-pound junior forward Idris Hilliard, who averaged 11 points per game as a sophomore a year ago and is getting interest from numerous Big East and A-10 schools.
``We played together in the summer and we play as a real team," Hilliard said. "Everybody is unselfish and nobody worried about themselves. We're going to have a lot of versatility this year – a lot of guys can play up to three different positions."
Geoff Rizk, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior point guard from Franklin Lakes, N.J., will also return after starting last year.
Another projected starter is Belgium native Josh Davis, a versatile 6-foot-8, 205-pound post-grad who has plenty of versatility – and whose biggest strength just might be his ability to pass the ball.
``Josh is extremely versatile and there's not much he can't do," Stone said. "But passing is his strong suit."
Chris Petrie, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Gettysburg, Pa. who will see time at both guard spots and also at small forward, is headed to Princeton after the season and will likely start at the shooting guard spot.
The final starting spot is up in the air, but 6-foot-10 skilled big man Ross Trampler may have the inside track. Trampler can really shoot the ball from the perimeter and is getting interest from the likes of FDU, Mount St. Mary's, NJIT, Air Force, Army and Navy.
Lance Goulbourne, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound long, athletic sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., will get plenty of playing time even if he doesn't start. Randy Kellman is a 6-6, 240-pound junior from England who will give the team a banger down low and a pair of point guards – 5-foot-7 Stosh Maziarz and 5-foot-11 Sean Pucciarelli should vie for playing time behind Rizk.
Stone also has a few youngsters that may not see a lot of time this season, but have plenty of potential: freshmen Kenny Ross (5-9, 135), Tyler McNeely (6-4 1/2, 180) and Egheosa Edomwonyi (6-7) as well as sophomore Matt Florio (5-11, 150). Junior Randy Mershon (6-4, 265) and senior point guard Kristian Richardson (5-7, 150) will also help in reserve roles.
``I'm excited about this year's team because we have a lot of guys with the ability to pass the ball and make others better," Stone said. "We're going to have a lot of size, but we may not have all that much speed. We may not run up and down the court all day because that's not one of our strengths – but it's also not one of our weaknesses."