The Aggies also possess a nice blend of veteran leadership with a dash of talented young players. A&M started two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore this past season on the way to a 27-7 record.
Next year's team will feature seniors Joseph Jones and Dominique Kirk along with junior sharpshooter Josh Carter. Bryan Davis earned some minutes and contributed during the tournament and will be a sophomore. Donald Sloan also enters his sophomore season and the Seagoville product proved under the glare of tournament lights that he is poised to take the baton from Law.
Gillispie warned that it is way too early to project Sloan as the next Law, but look for Sloan to have every opportunity to quarterback the team. Plenty of pressure at the position will come from incoming freshman B.J. Holmes, a 5-11 point from Alief Hastings.
Then there is Gillispie's signature recruiting coup with 6-10 post DeAndre Brown of Christian Life Center Academy coming to Aggieland. Among the programs that A&M beat out for the services of the imposing Brown was rival Texas.
Bryson Graham, a 6-2 shooting guard out of Lon Morris JC in Jacksonville, will add depth and experience from having played at a collegiate level.
While Tubby Smith's departure from Kentucky to the University of Minnesota is sure to kick-start the rumor mill and invoke Gillispie's name, any distractions will not impede a team ready to move forward and take the next step in the tournament.
With the talent already on hand and the infusion of a crop of heralded underclassmen, look for A&M to continue to be one of the major players on the national stage.