"The key is, whatever they do this year is great. You just don't want to end the year and go, 'Boy, we were good, so we're good now,'" Williams said. "Because you know the Big Ten is going to be stronger next year, obviously. You have to accept that. … We knew we had worked hard enough to be good that next year."
Just as Williams built on the foundation by adding two-and-done talent Chris Wilcox as well as role players such as Holden, Nicholas and Ryan "Sleepy" Randle, Turgeon is trying to do the same next season. In 2017-18, the Terps add Bruno Fernando, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Angola currently playing at the IMG Academy in Florida, as well as 6-3 guard Darryl Morsell of Baltimore (Mount Saint Joseph).
"I feel really great about our program," Turgeon said Friday. "I'm so proud of this team, what they've done. I'm looking forward to the future with these young guys and the guys that are coming back. To compare ourselves to a national championship team, we can't do that."
Said Dixon, "Hopefully they can build into what the ultimate goal is — winning a Big Ten and a national championship. There's no doubt in my mind that Coach Turgeon's vision is to have that type of success."