(Frontpaged. Let's bring the discussion about next year to the forefront.)
Is to be this year's Georgetown team. I think, quite honestly, that what JTIII put together at G'town this year was great: he fielded a highly competitive team with only one known quantity senior and lots of young talent. It wasn't the most offensively gifted squad, but he was able to convince the team to dedicate itself to defense and it paid off.
A team comprised, in previous years, of some of the best talent in the Big East found itself asking how to replace Chris Wright at point, Austin Freeman at the swing, and Julian Vaughn, a senior forward. They had no idea what they had in Henry Sims, and the only other returning senior was point Jason Clark. So they focused on defense, and became seventh nationally in defensive efficiency, as per KenPom.
Now, I'm not saying Henderson is Sims, and obviously Jenkins staying is a huge question mark, but I think the pieces are there for a similar transformation in approach. Plus, we know from the 06-07 that Stallings can coax points from teams that play with a lot of shooters and limited post action. That team took a pair of hustle posts and a 6'5" power forward to the sweet sixteen.
I guess what I'm saying is, I don't see next year as having to be an NIT year; we know Stallings is flexible enough to change offensive approaches to suit the talent on hand (I, for one, would love to see a return to the Princeton-esque principals we ran in 03-04) and this team may have more potential as a defensive unit than the last few. A team that focuses on defense and utilizes some of Stallings' past experienced with non-traditional lineups and various offenses doesn't have to miss the tourney. And if Jenkins stays and breaks all our records, then we might have a chance to be dangerous.