Gary Williams addressed the media on Thursday afternoon, where he seemed uncharacteristically vibrant and energized.
So the question is: Why is Coach Williams so excited?
Last season, the Terps looked impressive as they stormed through the Atlantic Coast Conference and shared the regular season title with National Champions, Duke.
This season, Williams looks forward to his incoming class of freshmen and transfers in addition to his rising upperclassmen.
Our coaches have no preconceived ideas for the makeup of the first eight or nine players.
It must be nice for Williams, who surprisingly feels comfortable entering this season despite losing the consistent play of Landon Milborne, the quiet leadership of Eric Hayes, and the star-power of Greivis Vasquez.
While the Terps lose a substantial amount of points with the departure of those key seniors, the potential for this team is through the roof.
Williams spoke of this years upperclassmen, who have a chance for their turntheir opportunity to get out of the shadows and show what they can do.
There are six newcomers to this Terps squad this season.
Williams, however, doesnt buy into the hype.
I dont talk about freshmen, he said. I have no idea what we have until practice so talking about them isnt fair.
Maryland will be tested early this season, with a difficult early non-conference schedule that will pit the Terps against Temple, Villanova, Pittsburgh and the possibility of either Texas or Illinois.
The teams motto this offseason, win September is a testament to the will of this team. The purpose: to win games in the gym. It was Sean Mosley who specifically spoke on the intensity of the workouts in the offseason
Whether the Terps have truly, Won September, remains to be seen, but fans will be able to get their first look at this conditioned squad tonight at Maryland Madness.