This is the year coach Jody Adams wants Wichita State to make a run at the Missouri Valley Conference title.
While that may be a year away, Adams has assembled enough talent on this year's team for a title run to be in the picture.
"I think this is her most complete team she's ever coached," said junior Haleigh Lankster, who has been on all three of Adams' WSU teams. "We have shooters, slashers, good post players. We're an athletic team that wants to run, that can defend and board."
All signs point toward this being Adams' most talented team, but it is still extremely inexperienced. Lankster is the only player with more than a season of Division I experience.
"We've been able to put some pieces in that haven't been in place the past couple of years," Adams said. "It looks like we're a little more complete this year.
"But there's also a piece of the puzzle called experience and that's pretty important."
That may be the only thing holding the Shockers back.
Sophomore Jessica Diamond will be the primary ballhandler. She should add a punch to the Shocker offense that was missing with pass-first Marisah Henderson in control. But Henderson's vision will be missed.
The additions of Alicia Sanchez and Heather Robben provide a pair of shooters to keep defenses honest. Each should play major minutes.
"It certainly stretches the defense," Adams said. "There's no doubt they're going to have guard from the three-point line this year."
Adams will try to bring along freshmen point guards Krystle Henderson and Breanna Dawkins. If one can step up, that would allow Diamond to play more off-guard and be more of a scorer.
Adams has stocked the post with incredible talent, but it is raw. Sophomores Chynna Turner, Jazimen Gordon and Michelle Price are crucial. They must develop and take a step forward, not sideways.
While freshman Shannika Bryant appears to be more of a project, classmate Kelsey Jacobs should contribute to the rotation.
WSU's bench has never been deeper under Adams. There shouldn't be much of a drop-off at any position from the backups.
"When we sub, I don't think we're going to miss a beat," Diamond said. "Our bench is going to come in and kick it up a notch. We definitely have the ability to do that this year."
The Shockers have enough talent to win the Missouri Valley, but how much will their inexperience drag them down?
If WSU can get around that, then it should finish better than its preseason predicted finish of fifth.