While some Maryland fans have lost faith in the future of the men’s basketball program, the media apparently have not.

Three outlets have Mark Turgeon’s team in their way-too-early Top 25 for 2018-19.

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The Athletic ranked Maryland No. 18, third among Big Ten teams behind Michigan State (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 17) and ahead of both Michgan (No. 23) and Purdue (No. 25).

“Had the Terps returned [Justin] Jackson and [Dion] Wiley, they probably would have been in the top 15,” The Athletic reported. “Still, [Anthony] Cowan, [Kevin] Huerter and [Bruno] Fernando all have potential to be legitimate stars in the Big Ten, and [Darryl] Morsell is a solid growing piece.”

With the addition of McDonald’s All American Jalen Smith, a teammate of Morsell’s at Mount Saint Joseph, and Aaron Wiggins, a wing shooter whose high school coach, former Terp Keith Gatlin, has compared to former NBA star Allan Houston, Maryland has the potential for a major turnaround.

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“Talent-wise, this roster is loaded, and with three open scholarships, Maryland has the potential to add to it in the offseason,” The Athletic wrote. “If coach Mark Turgeon can’t get the most out of them and at least get them to a solid seed in the NCAA tournament, it would probably be fair for the Terps to move on next season.”

Given that Turgeon would still have four years left on his contract and be owed more than $10 million, that remains unlikely unless Maryland gets a similar infusion of cash as The Athletic, which reportedly received a $20 million investment earlier this year.

The Athletic, as well as the Sporting News, which ranked Maryland No. 17, figures on Fernando returning for his sophomore year.

Noted Terps dissenter Ken Pomeroy had Maryland at No. 11 before the announcement of Jackson giving up his remaining NCAA eligibility and Wiley graduating and playing elsewhere as a transfer, then posted an update saying that their departures would move the Terps down to “around 18.”

Sporting News had the Wolverines at No. 9 and wrote “they hit Top 5 status” if junior center Moe Wagner and sophomore guard Charles Matthews return to Ann Arbor. Michigan State (No. 10) and Wisconsin (No. 15) were ahead of the Terps. Penn State (No. 23) was the only other Big Ten team making the cut.

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